Mike Mayock

18 Mar 19
Real Deal Scouting

With the NFL Draft just over a month away and free agency starting to die down, a clearer picture of what will transpire on April 25th is becoming more apparent. In this 1.0 mock draft, five trades take place that shake up the first round…

18 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

FMIA: How The Odell Deal Got Done, and an NFL Free Agency Wet Blanket https://ift.tt/2Hqwodh What I know after this explosive week that I think you should know: • A week ago this morning, there’d been no seeds planted for the Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Cleveland trade. Sources very close to both […]

18 Mar 19
Raiders Wire

For the most part, we’ve seen the same names mocked to the Raiders at pick No. 4 over and over again. You know the usual suspects. It’s Kentucky’s Josh Allen, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, and occasionally, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. However, what if it isn’t one of those three players? What if the Raiders throw us a […]

18 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

Instagram: @ Bakermayfield What I know after this explosive week, you should know: • A week ago no seed was planted for trade with Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Cleveland. Sources that were very close to both the Giants and Browns have told me that no contact was made with Beckham until Tuesday morning, half past one day […]

18 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Mike Mayock has his own art of the deal https://ift.tt/2TIAW5j Mike Mayock has his own art of the deal Posted by Darin Gantt on March 18, 2019, 5:52 AM EDT AP Before he became a major character in the sports equivalent of a […]

18 Mar 19
ProFootballTalk

Before he became a major character in the sports equivalent of a reality show, Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock worked in commercial real estate. So while he’s negotiating his first round of free agent deals as a rookie G.M., he has negotiated before. And he has principles he recalled that he out into play when […]

18 Mar 19
ProFootballTalk

From start to finish, the Odell Beckham Jr. trade negotiations took half a day. In the latest edition of Football Morning in America, Peter King tells the tale of the quick talks between the Giants and Browns, and also covers:

• Why free agency is fool’s gold, and why expectations should be tempered for the Jets, Browns, Raiders and other “winners” in March.

• Items on all the biggest free-agent moves, from Earl Thomas heading to Baltimore to Le’veon Bell getting the payday he desired in New Jersey.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Tyreek Hill’s troubles; the Miami tanking question; the importance of Jabrill Peppers; Mike Mayock’s lessons learned; a defense of Ben Roethlisberger

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, a reader’s farewell to fantasy and a word about broadcast attire.

17 Mar 19
Random Acts Of Dumbness

I’m taking a break from ranking NFL head coaches because we are smack dab in the middle of NFL Draft season and I’ve written NOTHING on the subject yet. I know. That’s very out-of-character for a guy who’s as obsessed with the NFL Draft as myself, but it’s time to end that shit. It’s time […]

17 Mar 19
Raiders Wire

New Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has spent seemingly every day with quarterback Derek Carr since he signed with Oakland, but he was apparently just getting started. The former Steeler celebrated Carr’s son’s birthday by competing in an inflatable obstacle course, according to ABC Fresno. Carr’s brother, Darren, provided the best footage of Brown going […]

17 Mar 19
The Denver Post
The hit has reached near-legendary status for Broncos fans since their team signed Kareem Jackson last week. Playing for the Houston Texans last November against the Broncos, Jackson was lined up at right cornerback. At the snap, Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay flared to the flat. Reading the play, Jackson ran straight ahead and delivered a huge hit to break up the pass. It was the first real big hit Lindsay took all year. It is the kind of physicality the Broncos want from Jackson this year and the kind of football he took pride in playing during his nine years with the Texans. “I think I have a 1A and a 1B (hit); that was probably the 1B,” Jackson said. “I had a similar hit a couple years back against the Vikings, a guy about the same size as Phillip. It’s always better when you get a chance to hit somewhat of a smaller guy. For me, in situations like that throughout the course of a game, I’m looking for hits like that. It could be plays that determine the game.” After his press conference on Friday, Jackson was asked to break down the play that resulted in hitting Lindsay. It provided terrific insight into Jackson’s savvy and football IQ. “We were actually in cover 2 (zone),” he said. “Before the ball was snapped, I tried to show a little bit deeper (downfield) than normal to give the impression we were playing a different coverage. I rolled up (closer to the line of scrimmage) at the last minute, saw (Lindsay) bubble to the left and (quarterback) Case (Keenum) didn’t see anybody else to throw the ball to. “As soon as I saw (Keenum) look to his left, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m going to get a chance to get a good hit.’ He threw it to him and I was able to give him a little thump.” Actually, a big thump. Elway leftovers Five notes of interest from Broncos general manager John Elway: 1. Was anything during the first wave of free agency surprising? “Not really,” Elway said. “You always know there are going to be big numbers. You’re not surprised when things open up and where it goes.” 2. Lindsay had wrist surgery after being injured in the Week 16 loss at Oakland. Ready for OTAs in May? “I’m not positive, but I would think so,” Elway said. 3. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is recovering from a torn Achilles. “Probably not (for OTAs),” Elway said. “We’re hoping for him by training camp.” 4. Elway was transparent about moving on from center Matt Paradis, who signed with Carolina. “We had real concerns about the (healing) ankle,” Elway said. “That’s why that didn’t work out.” 5. This has been the month of the trade. Quarterback Joe Flacco (Baltimore to the Broncos), pass rusher Dee Ford (Kansas City to San Francisco) and receivers Odell Beckham (Giants to Cleveland) and Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh to Oakland) changed teams. “It’s an unusual year for trades,” Elway said. “I think that (not having many trades) isn’t a part of the league anymore.” Around the NFL Replacing Beckham. The Giants signed Golden Tate to replace most of the production Beckham took to the Browns. “Odell is a tremendous talent,” Tate said. “I enjoy watching him. I love his game. As far as me, I’m just coming in and doing my job. I’m kind of my own player, my own unique player.” [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Ingram joins Lamar. Baltimore could be returning to having a feature running back. The Ravens have had only one 1,000-yard rusher since 2013, but they signed New Orleans’ Mark Ingram to team with running quarterback Lamar Jackson. “I think it’s going to be dangerous,” Ingram said. “I think we’re going to change the game.” Not his fault. To hear Jaguars front office boss Tom Coughlin tell it on Thursday, last year’s 5-11 record was everybody’s fault but his even though he built the roster. But it’s not surprising. Coughlin hides in his bunker most of the time — his availability after Nick Foles’ press conference was his first since Day 3 of the 2018 Draft — instead of being out-front to support coach Doug Marrone, who fell on his sword throughout the season. Division move. Good stuff from Raiders general manager Mike Mayock after signing left tackle Trent Brown. “If you watch him in the playoffs against the Chargers, watch him against Kansas City — the teams we have to play in our division — the bottom line is that we got way better on our offensive line,” Mayock said. Add in the Broncos’ Von Miller/Bradley Chubb and it’s easy to see why Oakland went after Brown. More teams should admit they add players with their six division games in mind. Verrett’s fresh start. Former Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett signed a one-year deal with San Francisco and here’s hoping he left his bad injury luck in Los Angeles. In 2015, Verrett had three interceptions and made the Pro Bowl. But he tore his ACL in 2016 and ’17 and his Achilles in ’18. He has played five combined games in the last three years. “It’s up to me to get back healthy and get back on the football field and do what I know I can do,” he said. “I know I’m a top corner in this league when I’m healthy. I’ve got to prove it.”
17 Mar 19
CBS Sacramento

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock were invited by Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis for an event in Las Vegas last week, a year before the team’s planned move to Sin City.

17 Mar 19
Good Day Sacramento

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock were invited by Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis for an event in Las Vegas last week, a year before the team’s planned move to Sin City.

16 Mar 19
Boston Herald
The landscape in the AFC has certainly taken on a fascinating new shape. With money to spend, general managers have done a nice job building their rosters and loading up on talent. Translation? Less than a week into free agency, the competition has heated up in the conference for the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, who have also been busy restocking and reloading in their usual way. The way it looks, Bill Belichick’s team is going to once again be challenged by some of the contenders from last year, along with a few new teams in the mix based on the impressive early looks of some opposing rosters in the conference. It’s still early. The draft is more than a month away, and there are still free agents being added. It’s never easy dealing with what the Patriots bring to the table. They usually have it figured out when it counts. They’re at the top until someone takes them down. But here’s how we’d break it down with the challengers at this stage. Already in conversation  Chiefs — They cut Justin Houston and traded Dee Ford, two of the better cogs in their defense last season. With that duo, they were able to rush the passer from the flanks. Taking that away from a defense that really needs to improve to clear the Patriots hurdle won’t help matters. Helping mitigate those losses, they signed Alex Okafor. They also cut veteran safety Eric Berry, but brought in free agent Tyrann Mathieu, who signed a KANSAS CITY MO. – JANUARY 20: New England Patriot #28 James White runs with Kansas City Chiefs Anthony Hitchins hanging on during the second quarter of the AFC Championship at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) whopping three-year, $42 million deal. Mathieu will be the new tone-setter in the defensive backfield. Carlos Hyde was signed to help their running game. Even though the defense remains suspect, the Chiefs are still the premier threat as long as Patrick Mahomes is under center, and he still has a formidable cast around him. Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Damien Williams didn’t go anywhere. We’ll see about Tyreek Hill, who is under investigation for alleged battery.   Colts — They had a terrific year with new coach Frank Reich and the return of Andrew Luck, as they made it back to the playoffs as a wildcard entry after a long hiatus. They built an effective defense largely through the draft. They had a reported $105 million to spend in free agency, but somewhat surprisingly, haven’t done much. They resigned cornerback Pierre Desir (three years, $25 million) along with defensive lineman Margus Hunt (two years, $10 million). In terms of new bodies, they brought in a receiver for Luck, signing former Panther Devin Funchess. He’s a huge target who’s bound to hit it off with Luck. They have four picks in the first 90, which is where GM Chris Ballard typically shines. They were an up-and-coming team last year. Will they take a step forward or back? With a another year in Reich’s system, and Luck having another year back, the arrow is pointing up. Chargers — They were a 12-win team in 2018, and have merely stayed the course, re-signing a few of their own (Brandon Mebane, Denzel Perryman), while adding linebacker Thomas Davis and backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. They need offensive line help – a tackle – which they can still get in the draft. They seem content to ride the wave, but it should have rattled a few cages the way they got manhandled by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. They have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. But they might want to change a few things given how a smart, physical team can easily scheme and take them out. FOXBORO, MA. – SEPTEMBER 9: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is hauled down by New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown during the first quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald) Texans — The AFC South division champs put the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney so they wouldn’t lose their star defensive end/outside linebacker, but they did see safety Mathieu head to the Chiefs. They rebounded with pick-ups of safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Bradley Roby. So their defense remains strong. Offensively, it’s all about quarterback Deshaun Watson. Thus far, they haven’t done much to give him any more help. It’s been all about supplementing the defense. Looks like the offense will have to wait until the draft. Gaining contender status    Browns — Prognosticators were already giving the Browns a lot of love. And that was before the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr. But now, the Browns have moved into a different league. They already assembled a darn good defense, which got better with new additions Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson. Don’t underestimate how much they’ve improved the defense with those move. But all the talk is about the offense that’s now been assembled. After putting former LSU teammates Beckham and Jarvis Landry together in the receiving corps, with David Njoku at tight end, along with running backs Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and, Kareem Hunt, who will be inserted into that star show after serving an 8-game suspension. Baker Mayfield has all the weapons and talent he needs to put up a ton of points. Njoku described it as having a “platinum” offense. The only question mark? How will Freddie Kitchens, the offensive coordinator of the Browns last season, do as a head coach? Will it even matter with all the talent GM John Dorsey has assembled?  Falling off the stage  Steelers — They didn’t make the playoffs last year, and most people don’t want to count them out. But it’s hard to get on board with the Men of Steel. They surrendered to their best player, shipping Antonio Brown to the Raiders for little return (third and fifth round picks). They also saw Le’Veon Bell, who sat out last season after refusing to sign the franchise tender, sign with the New York Jets. PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 31: Stevan Ridley #38 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) They have a ton of holes. The Browns and Ravens have already made moves. Ben Roethlisberger still has a talented cast around him on offense, but the road is now much tougher in the division. Ravens — They lost four key players — linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith, and safety Eric Weddle — from a top-ranked defense that essentially made it a contender last season. Bringing in Earl Thomas, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal, helps in a big way. But there are still spots to fill. They added running back Mark Ingram who will complement Lamar Jackson well, but Jackson’s entire receiving corps disappeared, not that it was much to brag about, with John Brown signing with Bills. Michael Crabtree was still at large as of Friday. Tight end Maxx Williams is also a free agent. They can re-stock at linebacker and at edge rusher in the draft. They can also dip back into free agency. It’s just a lot of positions to replace. Possible sleepers Jaguars — Blake Bortles is out. Nick Foles is in. Will that be the difference maker for the Jags, who were the cellar-dwellers in the AFC South last season? Bortles played his best games against the Patriots, but was pretty awful against everybody else. Foles works play action so much better than Bortles. He’ll work their offense so much better. If the defense recaptures its 2017 form, they’ll be tough to beat. Raiders — They’re in a tough division with the Chiefs and Chargers, but they’ll make it fun to watch. GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have upgraded the offense with the addition of Antonio Brown, who they got for peanuts (3rd and 5th round picks), and Tyrell Williams. They dropped a bundle on OT Trent Brown, overspending to make him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL, but they had the cash. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with three first round picks on draft day. Jets — They spent a lot, but they had a lot to spend. It can be argued whether they spent too much. But that’s not the point. They’ve upgraded pieces they’ve assembled around quarterback Sam Darnold, who they see as a star, and continued to add to a good defense. In theory, Le’Veon Bell will take a lot of pressure of Darnold both as a back and a pass-catcher. Jamison Crowder is a terrific slot receiver. Guard Kelechi Osemele is a great addition to the offensive line. Defensively, adding C.J. Mosley and re-signing Henry Anderson were top moves by the AFC East’s last place team. Titans — They finished just out of the playoffs, and have added some good players in free agency between wide receiver Adam Humphries, guard Rodger Saffold and edge rusher Cameron Wake. They also got a bit of insurance for the oft-injured Marcus Mariota by trading for Ryan Tannehill. Mike Vrabel got a good response his first year in the Music City. Watch for more Year 2.
15 Mar 19
The Raider Ramble

Jon Gruden can be a bit of a maniac. Before trading Khalil Mack last year, he essentially traded a third-round pick for a bag of oregano.

Puff, puff, gaff.

Enter Raiders new GM Mike Mayock, the intense NFL Draft guru that loves football like Gruden. They’re both nuts about it, but Gruden can’t really contain himself.