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Las Vegas Raiders Sign Nevin Lawson to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders signed CB Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Lawson first joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent last season after playing five years with the Detroit Lions (2014-18). A fourth-round selection (133rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Lawson has appeared in 74 contests and made 59 starts over his career, tallying 217 tackles (181 solo), one sack, 30 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In one postseason appearance with the Lions in 2016, he registered seven stops (five) as a starter on defense.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound corner out of Utah State appeared in 11 contests and made five starts for the Silver and Black. Lawson logged 23 tackles (18) and registered five passes defensed. 

A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Lawson played four years (2010-13) with the Aggies. Anchoring the school’s secondary, Lawson played in 49 games and totaled 205 tackles (143), including 9.5 for loss, two sacks, six interceptions including one returned for a score, 34 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

Oakland Raiders Sign TE Erik Swoope

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent TE Erik Swoope, the club announced Wednesday.

Swoope, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent his first five seasons (2014-18) with the Indianapolis Colts, including a short stop with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. Over his career, Swoope has appeared in 24 games and made six starts, compiling 23 receptions for 384 yards (16.7 avg.) and four touchdowns.

Last season, Swoope made seven appearances for the Colts with two starts, logging eight receptions for 87 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. In 2016, he appeared in all 16 contests and set career marks in receptions (15) and yards (297), after seeing action in one game in 2015 and spending the 2014 season on the club’s practice squad.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released QB Landry Jones.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Ryan Grant

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Ryan Grant, the club announced Wednesday.

Grant, a 6-foot, 204-pound receiver originally drafted in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, spent the 2018 campaign with the Indianapolis Colts after playing his first four years (2014-17) with Washington. In five seasons, Grant has appeared in 78 career games and made 25 starts, compiling 119 receptions for 1,319 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2018, Grant appeared in 14 contests and made a career-high 10 starts for the Colts. In the regular season, he tallied 35 receptions for 334 yards, marks that each ranked fifth on the squad, while adding one receiving touchdown. 

From 2014-17, Grant appeared in all 64 contests for the Redskins and made 15 starts. He set single-season career highs across the board in 2017, tallying 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdown receptions. Both his receptions and receiving scores ranked second on the club that season, while hisreceiving yards ranked third.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant played at Tulane from 2009-13, appearing in 47 contests while making 31 starts. He finished his career with the Green Wave compiling 196 receptions for 2,769 yards while adding 21 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Grant led the school for the second consecutive season in receptions (77), yards receiving (1,039) and receiving scores (nine). In 2012, he led Conference USA in receiving yards per game with a 95.8-yard average en route to being named All-Conference USA by league coaches.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Nevin Lawson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent CB Nevin Lawson, the team announced Wednesday.

Lawson signs with the Raiders having spent his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions after being selected by the club in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his career, Lawson has appeared in 63 contests with 54 starts, totaling 194 tackles (163 solo), 25 passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In one postseason start, Lawson tallied seven (five) tackles.

A 5-foot-9, 192-pound corner out of Utah State, Lawson appeared in 15 contests and made 14 starts with the Lions in 2018. He recorded 53 tackles (43), added his first career sack and five passes defensed. 

A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Lawson played four years (2010-13) with the Aggies. Anchoring the school’s secondary, Lawson played in 49 games and totaled 205 tackles (143), including 9.5 for loss, two sacks, six interceptions including one returned for a score, 34 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2013, he started in 13-of-14 appearances and earned first-team All-Mountain West honors after posting 57 tackles (33), four interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Josh Mauro

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DE Josh Mauro, the team announced Friday.

Mauro, a former undrafted free agent who originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft, joins the Raiders to embark upon his sixth season in the league after spending the first four with the Cardinals and most recently as a member of the New York Giants in 2018. In his first five seasons, Mauro appeared in 59 contests and made 30 starts, compiling 102 tackles (72 solo), three sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three postseason contests, including two starts, Mauro has totaled three stops (two).

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end played in 12 contests and made four starts for the Giants. He totaled 28 tackles (17) and one sack over the course of the season.

A native of Hurst, Texas, Mauro played four seasons (2010-13) at Stanford, appearing in 48 games and making 11 starts. He totaled 81 tackles, including 21.5 for loss, 11 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his collegiate career.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Lamarcus Joyner

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Lamarcus Joyner, the team announced Thursday.

Joyner signs with the Raiders having spent his first five seasons with the Rams after being selected by the club in the second round (41st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his career, Joyner has played in 67 contests with 42 starts, totaling 302 tackles (233 solo), four interceptions, 25 passes defensed, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In four postseason appearances, Joyner has compiled 26 stops (20).

Last season, the 5-foot-8, 191-pounder started in all 15 regular season appearances, totaling 78 tackles (58), one interception, three passes defensed, one sack and one fumble recovery. He set a career high in tackles (78) in 2018, while also starting in all three playoff contests en route to a Super Bowl LIII appearance.

A native of Miami, Fla., Joyner played four seasons (2010-13) at Florida State, appearing in 55 contests and making 40 starts, totaling 197 tackles (128), eight interceptions, 15 passes defensed, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Joyner was named a consensus first-team All-American as a senior in 2013. 

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Kony Ealy

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Kony Ealy, the club announced Monday.

A former second-round pick (60th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ealy now enters his fifth year in the league after making stops with the Panthers (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017). At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the defensive end has appeared in 62 games over his career with the two clubs, making 19 starts and compiling 90 tackles (53 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Ealy has appeared in five contests and made one start, notching 11 stops (five), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of New Madrid, Mo., Ealy played in 38 games at Missouri and made 25 starts, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior in 2013. Over his career, he registered 93 tackles, including 27.5 for loss, 14 sacks, one interception, 13 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived LB James Cowser.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire Two First-Round Selections, Trade DE Khalil Mack

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired first-round selections in the 2019 and 2020 NFL Draft via a trade with the Chicago Bears. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the Bears’ sixth-round selection in next year’s NFL Draft, in addition to a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Raiders have agreed to send the Bears DE Khalil Mack, the team’s second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and a 2020 conditional fifth-round pick.

A first-round selection (fifth overall) by the Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft, Mack started and played in all 64 contests as a Raider. Over his four-year career with the club, he totaled 327 tackles (238 solo), 40.5 sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown, 17 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. 

Mack was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team in 2014 and earned First Team All-Pro selections in two consecutive seasons (2015-16). Additionally, he became the first Raider since 1980 to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016 and was nominated to three Pro Bowls.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire QB AJ McCarron

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired QB AJ McCarron via a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the club announced Saturday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive McCarron in exchange for the Raiders’ fifth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

McCarron was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Now in his fifth year in the NFL, McCarron has appeared in 11 contests and made three starts, recording a 93.6 passer rating on 88-of-133 pass attempts (64.7 percent) for 920 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. 

A native of Mobile, Ala., the 6-foot-3, 215-pound McCarron spent four seasons at Alabama, compiling a 36-4 overall record during his time with the school and leading the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released QB EJ Manuel. Last season, in his lone year with the Raiders, Manuel appeared in two contests and made one start, compiling 265 yards passing on 24-of-43 attempts, one touchdown and one interception for a 72.3 passer rating.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Bryant and Sieg; Place DePaola on IR and Waive Hatcher

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Martavis Bryant and LS Trent Sieg, the club announced Wednesday.

Bryant was originally acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers this past May. Now in his fifth season, Bryant was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, where he set a franchise record for total touchdowns (14) in a player’s first 16 regular season contests. In 36 career appearances, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver has made 16 starts and compiled 126 receptions for 1,917 yards (15.2 avg.) and 17 touchdowns, adding 14 rushing attempts for 71 yards and one score. His postseason totals include 21 receptions for 322 yards, adding three touchdowns. 

Sieg originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of this year’s NFL Draft. A four-year player at Colorado State, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound long snapper appeared in 52 games for the Rams without missing a snap.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed LS Andrew DePaola on the Reserve/Injured List and have waived WR Keon Hatcher.

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