Jon Gruden couldn’t wait until his second offseason with the Raiders. That was going to represent the first time he could replenish the roster with free agents that would help transform the team. Gruden and first-year general manager Mike Mayock had plenty of money to throw at high-profile, big-name players, and they wasted little time.
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."