The Raiders and backup quarterback Marcus Mariota hammered out a reworked contract that gives head coach Jon Gruden consistency at quarterback and the benefit of $7 million more to spend in free agency this offseason. Mariota was on the second of a two-year contract that he signed with the Raiders last offseason. That year called
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."