Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Doug Martin

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Doug Martin, the club announced Thursday.

Martin, 29, joins the Silver and Black for his seventh NFL season after spending the first six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2012 first-round draft pick (31st overall) is a two-time Pro Bowler (2012 and 2015) and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2015. He appeared in 68 games with 65 starts as a Buccaneer, totaling 4,633 rushing yards on 1,150 attempts (4.0 avg.) with 26 touchdowns. Additionally, Martin has recorded 130 receptions for 1,091 yards and scored twice.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound rusher exits Tampa Bay with the fourth-most rushing yards in club history, and his 11 100-yard games as a rusher are tied for second-most in club annals. Additionally, his 26 rushing scores rank third in franchise history.

Last season, Martin appeared in 11 games for the Buccaneers, making eight starts and posting 406 yards on 138 attempts, while adding nine receptions for 84 yards. He holds two of the club’s top-three single-season performances by a rusher, tallying 1,454 yards in 2012 and 1,402 yards in 2015.

A native of Stockton, Calif., Martin played in 51 games for Boise State from 2007-11, making 25 starts. Throughout his collegiate career, Martin notched 3,431 rushing yards on 617 carries (5.6 avg.) and added 43 touchdowns in addition to his 67 receptions for 715 yards (10.7 avg.) and four receiving scores. Selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in 2010, Martin was also named the Broncos’ Offense Most Valuable Player in 2011 in addition to a first-team All-Mountain West Conference honor.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Griff Whalen

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Griff Whalen, the club announced Monday.

Whalen spent part of the 2017 season with the Baltimore Ravens, playing in two games for the team and tallying four receptions for 23 yards and one punt return for two yards.

Whalen was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Over his six years in the NFL, he has made stops with the Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Ravens.

In 43 career games played with three starts, Whalen’s offensive totals include 51 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns. As a returner, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has posted 47 punt returns for 378 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 701 yards over his career.

Prior to signing with the Colts, Whalen played four seasons at Stanford (2008-11), seeing action in 39 games with 13 starts. The Sylvania, Ohio, native posted 80 receptions for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns over his career and was named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy as a senior in 2011, awarded to the top player in college football who began his career as a walk-on.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign DT Justin Ellis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed DT Justin Ellis to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.

Ellis, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, was originally drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his four-year career, the run-stuffing defensive tackle has played in 60 games with 41 starts and totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pounder played in all 16 games last year, making 14 starts, while helping solidify the Raiders’ interior defensive line. He posted a career-high 44 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2017.

Before being drafted by the Raiders, the native of Monroe, La., played four years at Louisiana Tech, recording 102 tackles (37), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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Oakland Raiders Release Marshall Newhouse And Sean Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released T Marshall Newhouseand CB Sean Smith, the club announced Monday.

Newhouse started 14 games at right tackle for the Raiders in 2017, and has played in 100 games with 70 starts over his eight-year NFL career.

Over two seasons with the Raiders, Smith appeared in 29 games with 22 starts and totaled 77 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. A nine-year NFL veteran, Smith has played in 137 career games with 122 starts.

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Jack Del Rio Foundation Hosts First Bocce Ball Tournament

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Jack Del Rio Foundation is proud to host its first ever bocce ball tournament tomorrow at Campo di Bocce in Fremont. The event will benefit Hayward High School/Mt. Eden High School/Tennyson High School athletics, NorCal Special Olympics and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Athletic League.

“Linda and I have made a long standing commitment to give back to the community, primarily to underserved youth who face continuous challenges and uncompromising adversity,” said Jack Del Rio. “We desire to make a difference in the lives of others and encourage all of us to look outward for opportunities to serve, whether it be through financial support, time, or by volunteering our skills and talents.”

The Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament will include 32 teams and will begin at 12 p.m. The event will include a live auction and a trophy presentation following competition. The championship round is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The title sponsor of the Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament is Clear Channel Outdoor and elite-level sponsors include BCCI Builders and the Carson Valley Inn.

Proceeds from this sold-out event will go to support the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s mission, which is to motivate our community to meet the needs of underserved youth. The Jack Del Rio Foundation seeks to energize, educate and enrich the lives of our youth through the generous investment of financial support, time and devotion.

For more information, please visit jackdelriofoundation.org/bocce-tournament

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB NaVorro Bowman

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB NaVorro Bowman, the club announced Monday.

Bowman, who has been named to four Associated Press All-Pro First Teams (2011-13, 2015) and three Pro Bowls (2012-13, 2015), has spent the past seven-plus seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers after being drafted by the club in the third round (91st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

With San Francisco from 2010-17, the eighth-year pro appeared in 89 games with 74 starts, totaling 808 tackles (487 solo), 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four interceptions and 28 passes defensed. Additionally, Bowman has played in eight postseason games, recording 97 tackles (49), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed.

In 2017, the 6-foot, 242-pounder started five games for the 49ers and totaled 38 tackles (22) and one pass defensed. Last season, Bowman played in four games and totaled 40 tackles (20), one sack, one interception, two passes defensed and one forced fumble before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List.

A native of Forestville, Md., Bowman played in 33 games with 21 starts and recorded 215 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his three-year career at Penn State. He earned second-team All-American honors from multiple media outlets as a junior after registering 93 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Shilique Calhoun To Active Roster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun to the active roster, the club announced Saturday.

Calhoun was originally selected by the Raiders in the third round (75th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he totaled five tackles, 0.5 sacks and one pass defensed in 10 games played before suffering a knee injury and being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Dec. 23.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played in 54 games with 41 starts over four seasons at Michigan State, finishing with 131 career tackles. He also tallied 27 sacks, ranking second on the school’s all-time list.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB Antonio Hamilton on the Reserve/Injured List.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Demetrius McCray

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Demetrius McCray to the active roster, the club announced Tuesday.

McCray spent the 2017 training camp with the Seattle Seahawks after three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-15. He has played in 46 games with 16 starts, totaling 73 tackles (60 solo) with six passes defensed and 12 stops on special teams.

Originally drafted by Jacksonville in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder appeared in 14 games and totaled 21 tackles (17) with one pass defensed in 2015 with the Jaguars.

A native of Covington, Ga., McCray played in 48 games and recorded 123 tackles with 10 interceptions during his four-year career at Appalachian State. He was a two-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection and a Buck Buchanan Award finalist his senior year.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed LB Deontae Skinner to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of LB Boseko Lokombo. Skinner has spent time with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, appearing in 11 career games.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations