Wide receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Tahir Whitehead headlined Jon Gruden’s 2018 free-agent class. In 2019, Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock boasted of a free-agent haul that included right offensive tackle Trent Brown, receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. Last year, Gruden and Mayock turned heads by throwing fat stacks at linebackers
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."