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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Rashaan Melvin

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentCB Rashaan Melvin, the club announced Friday.

Melvin joins the Silver and Black for his sixth NFL season in 2018. After spending his first three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, he joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 and was with Indianapolis for the past two years. Over his career, Melvin has played in 37 games with 21 starts, totaling 118 tackles (98 solo), three interceptions, 21 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound cornerback started in all 10 appearances, totaling 36 tackles (30), three interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

A native of Waukegan, Ill., Melvin played in 41 games for Northern Illinois, making 27 starts and totaling 172 tackles (117), six interceptions, 35 passes defensed and one forced fumble. His 35 career passes defensed stand as the second-most in school history, while the 17 recorded during his senior year led the Mid-Atlantic Conference and set a single-season school record.

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 Claim DB Tramain Jacobs And LB Lenny Jones Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DB Tramain Jacobs (New York Giants) and LB Lenny Jones (San Francisco 49ers) via waivers, the club announced Friday.

Jacobs was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He spent most of the 2014 season Baltimore’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and appearing in three games for the Ravens, primarily on special teams. Last year, he was waived by the Ravens at the end of training camp before joining the Giants in September and playing in five games. For his career, Jacobs has appeared in eight games and recorded three special teams tackles. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder played in 26 games over two seasons at Texas A&M, totaling 55 tackles (39 solo), two interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Jones was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in May 2016. He appeared in 50 games with 31 starts over four seasons at Nevada, totaling 149 tackles and 19 sacks, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time sack list. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is a native of nearby San Leandro, Calif., and attended San Leandro High School.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived/injured CB SaQwan Edwards and waived DE Damontre Moore. Additionally, DL Denico Autry passed his physical and returned to practice today.

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Oakland Raiders Sign S Brynden Trawick

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent S Brynden Trawick (BREN-den TRAH-wick), the club announced Wednesday.

Trawick has appeared in 38 games with one start for the Baltimore Ravens since he originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He owns 10 career tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed and has added 21 tackles on special teams. Trawick also appeared in two postseason games with Baltimore in 2014.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2015, finishing the season with career highs in tackles (seven), passes defensed (one) and special teams tackles with nine. In his only career start on Oct. 26, 2015 at Arizona, Trawick posted four tackles (three solo), both career bests.

After signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Trawick began his NFL career on the Ravens’ practice squad before being signed to the active roster during his rookie campaign. He tied for third on the team with eight special teams tackles as a rookie and went on to play in 14 games in his second season in 2014.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Trawick played collegiately at Troy after spending time at Northeast Mississippi Community College and Michigan State. Trawick earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior in 2012. He spent the 2010 season at Northeast Mississippi Community College after playing as a redshirt freshman at Michigan State.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Offensive Lineman Kelechi Osemele

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Kelechi Osemele (kah-LETCH-ee oh-SEM-uh-lee), the club announced Thursday.

 Osemele joins the Raiders after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, where he played in and started 51 games. Originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round (60th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Osemele made starts at right tackle, left guard and left tackle over his first four seasons in the league.

 Last season, the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder started 14 games (10 at left guard and four at left tackle) for an offensive unit that allowed the third fewest sacks in the NFL (24) and produced a single-single season franchise record for net passing yards (4,271). He started 21 games at left guard from 2013-14, helping Baltimore set franchise records for yards (5,838) and points scored (409) in 2014.

 As a rookie in 2012, Osemele started all 16 regular season games at right tackle before moving to left guard for Baltimore’s four postseason games. In helping the team win Super Bowl XLVII, Osemele helped pave the way for the offense to amass 410.3 yards per game in the postseason.

 A native of Houston, Texas, Osemele played in 49 games over four seasons at Iowa State, including 43 consecutive starts to close out his collegiate career. He was an All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection and co-captain as a senior after starting 13 games at left tackle.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Safety Charles Woodson Named Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner

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Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders is the winner of the second annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by Mcdonald’s, it was announced today. The award recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

The announcement of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Presented by McDonald’s was made at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally at 9 PM ET/PT tonight on CBS. The award was founded last year in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, SR.

Woodson will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

To commemorate the honor, Woodson was presented on-stage “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for other players at all levels. The award design was inspired by the upward arc of a football in motion and contains a gold line embedded in glass that represents the path of sportsmanship throughout a career. Etched into the award are the words “integrity,” “honor,” “respect,” and “fairness,” the values that define excellent sportsmanship.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. In 2014, the players chose Larry Fitzgeraldof the Arizona Cardinals as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected eight finalists (four in the AFC; four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel of Legends Coordinators was comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists were listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award when players voted on December 18, 2015. From the eight finalists, each team’s players submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team could not vote for its own player.

The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, were running back JUSTIN FORSETT (Baltimore), running back MATT FORTÉ (Chicago), linebacker LUKE KUECHLY (Carolina), quarterback MATT HASSELBECK (Indianapolis), wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (Detroit), cornerback JASON MC COURTY (Tennessee), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and Woodson.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Wr Anquan Boldin Named Finalist For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, for the second consecutive year. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Boldin will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m. PT. (49ers Conference Call Line – 866-710-5981 – Conference Room Number: 159-231-8300).

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Each of the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive a $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors Awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on February 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis on Boldin:

“Anquan is a great dude. He’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others. It’s tremendous what he’s doing in the community. The lives he’s been able to impact, it leaves me in awe. I definitely feel that he should win the award. He’s very much deserving. Hopefully he’ll be the recipient of that award this year just based on all the things he’s been able to accomplish.”

San Francisco 49ers WR and 2014 Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Torrey Smith on Boldin:

“I’m planning on him winning it. I think he should win it. The impact he’s had in Arizona, obviously back home in Florida, in Baltimore and now here. It’s crazy. He’s so spread out. There are not many players that can say that. What Anquan has done is really unique and it’s going to continue to live on longer than his playing days here and I think that says a lot because I think he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Shelby Harris To Active Roster

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DE Shelby Harris to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Thursday.

Harris was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. This season, he has been active for one game (Oct. 25 vs. San Diego) for Oakland, where he recorded four tackles (two solo). He spent most of the 2014 season on the team’s practice squad. For his career, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has played appeared in two games for the Raiders.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native played in 33 games at Illinois State over three years, posting 173 tackles, 14 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed WR Jeremy Ross to the practice squad. Ross has played in 39 career games for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens. He has totaled 39 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns, 54 kickoff returns for 1,389 yards and one touchdown and 63 punt returns for 759 yards and one touchdown.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Sign Veteran LB Lorenzo Alexander

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Lorenzo Alexander, the club announced Wednesday.

Alexander is entering his ninth NFL season, following stints with the Washington Redskins (2006-12) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-14), and practice squad stops with the Carolina Panthers (2005) and Baltimore Ravens (2006). For his career, Alexander has totaled 111 games played with 16 starts, 154 tackles (95 solo), nine sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six passes defensed. A standout special teams performer, he has also recorded 94 special teams stops over his career.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder was voted as the NFC’s special teams representative for the Pro Bowl after he posted 31 special teams tackles in 2012. On defense that season, Alexander added a career-high 2.5 sacks and 26 tackles (17 solo).

Off the field, Alexander was named the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee twice (2010-11) during his tenure with the team. He was also named as the recipient of Washington’s Media Good Guy Award in both 2011 and 2012.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., Alexander attended California, where he was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection as a defensive lineman.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived LB Horace Miller.

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San Jose SaberCats Assigned OL Cornelius Dixon and WR Mike Willie

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The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned offensive lineman Cornelius Dixon and wide receiver Mike Willie.

Dixon (6’6 345), is currently in his fifth year in the Arena Football League, appearing in 12 games for the New Orleans VooDoo earlier this season. Over the past two seasons, Dixon has started 30 games for the Arizona Rattlers, winning two ArenaBowl Championships. For his career, he has caught eight receptions for 102 yards as a tight end in the AFL. Dixon played collegiality at Missouri Valley College, earning the Vikings Most Valuable Blocker and First Team All-Conference honors in 2009.

“Cornelius will add experience and a championship pedigree to our team and we are excited to add a versatile offensive lineman like him to our roster,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

Willie (6’3 230), joins the SaberCats in his first year in the AFL. In 2014, Willie spent time in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens, while being a member of the San Diego Chargers practice squad in 2012. A two year player at Arizona State University, Willie totaled 72 receptions for 897 yards and nine touchdowns in his career as a Sun Devil.

“Willie is a young and talented receiver who brings NFL experience to our team,” said Arbet. “Depth at the receiver position is important to being successful in this league and Willie has a bright future.”

Player Signing Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations