Tag Archives: 2011 NFL Draft

Oakland Raiders Sign WR/RS Dwayne Harris

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR/RS Dwayne Harris, the club announced Monday.

Harris was originally drafted in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After playing his first four seasons with the Cowboys from 2011-14, he signed with the New York Giants in 2015 and spent the past three years in New York. For his career, Harris has played in 88 games with 10 starts. As a returner, he has totaled 130 kickoff returns for 3,392 yards (11.8 avg.) and one touchdown in addition to 157 punt returns for 1,524 (9.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. On offense, Harris has posted 70 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also named a Pro Bowler in 2016 as a special teamer.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 206-pounder appeared in five games for the Giants, returning nine kickoffs for 188 yards before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List with a foot injury. With the Cowboys in 2013, Harris finished second in the NFL with a 30.6 kickoff return average after recording 28 returns for 857 yards.

A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Harris played in 50 games at East Carolina and was twice named to the All-Conference USA First Team. As a senior in 2010, he set a school record with 41 kickoff returns for 839 yards and added 222 yards on 19 punt returns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Shareece Wright

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentCB Shareece Wright, the club announced Monday.

Wright will be entering his eighth NFL season in 2017, having made stops with the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills over his first seven years. His career totals include 79 games played with 48 starts, 255 tackles (226 solo), two interceptions, 36 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

With the Bills in 2017, Wright played in 12 games, recording 42 tackles and one interception in helping Buffalo reach the postseason. Prior to spending the 2015-16 seasons with the Ravens, Wright played four seasons for the Chargers after being selected by the team in the third round (89th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

A native of Colton, Calif., the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder played in 35 games at USC, finishing his college career with 127 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and 13 passes defensed. Wright served as a team captain his senior season.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign TE Lee Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent TE Lee Smith, the club announced Thursday.

Smith returns to the Raiders after playing the last three years for the team, having signed with Oakland in 2015. In his first three seasons with the Silver and Black, Smith appeared in 35 games with 25 starts, hauling in 26 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft before playing for the Buffalo Bills from 2011-14. Over his seven-year career, the primarily blocking tight end has played in 91 games with 62 starts and totaled 46 receptions for 319 yards with four touchdowns.

The Powell, Tenn., native played collegiately at Marshall, appearing in 48 games over four seasons and totaling 75 receptions for 791 yards.  

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations 

Oakland Raiders Sign Andrew East; Release Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Andrew East and released T Austin Howard and RB Taiwan Jones, the club announced Friday.

East was with the Raiders during the offseason program in 2016 and training camp, appearing in three preseason games with the team before being waived on August 29. Previously, he had spent time during the offseason program and training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and the offseason program with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Howard joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and appeared in 40 games with 39 starts at guard and tackle over his three seasons with the Silver and Black.

Jones was originally drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Over six seasons with the club, he appeared in 66 games, seeing time on offense and defense while also playing a key role on all special teams units.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations