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Oakland Raiders Sign DT Ahtyba Rubin And DT Frostee Rucker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Ahtyba Rubin and DT Frostee Rucker, the club announced Tuesday.

Rubin was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. After spending his first seven seasons (2008-14) with the Browns, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder had stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2015-16) and most recently with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Over his 10-year career, Rubin has appeared in 144 games and made 107 starts, while recording 428 tackles (264 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In five postseason appearances, he has tallied 16 stops (nine), two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Rucker spent the first six years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Following his tenure with the Bengals, Rucker made stops with the Cleveland Browns (2012) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-17). Over his 12-year career, the 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 142 games with 73 starts, recording 350 tackles (212), 21.5 sacks, one interception, 12 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In five postseason contests, Rucker has made four starts and posted 12 stops (five).

In two corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived QB Christian Hackenberg and LB Brady Sheldon.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign Reggie Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent S Reggie Nelson, the club announced Friday.

Nelson spent the last two seasons manning the secondary for the Raiders, starting all 32 games for the Silver and Black. In 2017, he posted the second-most tackles on the team, totaling 96 stops (71 solo), one interception, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Since joining the club in 2016, he has recorded a team-best eight takeaways and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl during his first season as a Raider.

Over his 11-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and Raiders, Nelson has played in 170 games and made 157 starts, totaled 820 tackles (594 solo), 6.5 sacks, 36 interceptions with one returned for a score, 91 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Nelson is a two-time Pro Bowler (2015-16), and his 43 takeaways and 36 interceptions since he entered the league in 2007 lead all active players.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. After playing his first three seasons with the Jaguars, Nelson spent six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2010-15. His stint in Cincinnati was highlighted by a 2015 campaign in which he would lead the league with 10 total takeaways and also tie for the NFL lead with eight interceptions en route to earning his first career Pro Bowl honor.

The Melbourne, Fla., native started 18 of his 25 games over two seasons at Florida from 2005-06. As a senior in 2006, Nelson posted six interceptions to help lead the Gators to a BCS National Championship, earning a first-team All-American selection and the Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s top defensive back.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Leon Hall

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent CB Leon Hall, the club announced Thursday.

Hall spent his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2007-15 before making stops with the New York Giants in 2016 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He has played in 142 games with 108 starts, totaling 563 tackles (415 solo), 27 interceptions with three touchdowns, 115 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Originally drafted by Cincinnati in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, Hall recorded 517 tackles (380), 26 interceptions, 112 passes defensed, five forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his nine seasons with the Bengals. His 26 interceptions rank fourth in Bengals’ franchise history, and his time in Cincinnati overlapped with Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s stint as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder spent the second half of the year with the 49ers, appearing in nine games with one start and totaled 16 tackles (15).

A native of Vista, Calif., Hall played all four seasons at Michigan from 2003-06. He earned consensus All-American honors as a senior in 2006, leaving as the school’s record holder with 43 passes defensed.

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Oakland Raiders Sign LB Emmanuel Lamur

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentLB Emmanuel Lamur, the club announced Wednesday.

Lamur joins the Raiders for his seventh NFL season, having spent his first six years with the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. Over his six-year career, Lamur has played in 71 games with 15 starts and posted 90 tackles (64 solo), 0.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In four postseason games, he has recorded eight tackles (one).

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and made eight tackles (six), recorded one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. Lamur was also a leader on the special teams unit and contributed with four stops.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Lamur played in 37 games in three seasons (2009-11) for Kansas State during his collegiate career, after spending the 2008 season at Independence Community College. He totaled 197 stops (114), 2.0 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and five interceptions during his time with the Wildcats.

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Oakland Raiders Sign S Reggie Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Reggie Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson has spent the last six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after beginning his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-09. He has played in 138 games with 125 starts over his nine-year career, totaling 683 tackles (467 solo), 30 interceptions, 80 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 6.5 sacks. In seven postseason appearances, all starts, Nelson has registered 38 tackles (33 solo), two sacks and one fumble recovery.

In 2015, Nelson tied for the league lead and set a career high with eight interceptions en route to earning his first Pro Bowl selection. He recorded an interception in five straight games and finished the season with 72 tackles (50), 14 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder originally entered the league as a first-round pick (21st overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft. Nelson has posted multiple interceptions in eight of his nine seasons, and has also started 47 consecutive games (including postseason) over the last three years.

The Melbourne, Fla., native started 18 of his 25 games over two seasons at Florida from 2005-06. As a senior in 2006, Nelson posted six interceptions to help lead the Gators to a BCS National Championship, earning a first-team All-American selection and the Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s top defensive back.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign TE Gabe Holmes To Active Roster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed TE Gabe Holmes to the active roster, the club announced Friday.

Holmes returns to the active roster for his second stint this season, having spent the majority of his rookie campaign on the team’s practice squad. He was inactive in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals before being waived (Sept. 15) and signed to the practice squad (Sept. 17).

The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2015. He played in 49 games at Purdue, totaling 65 catches for 685 yards and six touchdowns.

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Raiders Announce Re-signing Of Taylor Mays And CJ Wilson; Place Nate Allen Injured Designated For Return List

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents S Taylor Mays and DL C.J. Wilson, the club announced Tuesday.

Taylor Mays

Mays, now in his sixth NFL season, rejoins the Raiders after a brief stint with the team during the 2015 preseason. He spent parts of this past offseason with the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions after beginning his career with the San Francisco 49ers (2010) and Cincinnati Bengals (2011-14). The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has totaled 72 tackles (51 solo), four passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 66 career games.

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Wilson, 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, also rejoins the Raiders in his sixth NFL season, after spending last year with the team. Wilson played in all 16 games for Oakland in 2014, starting seven, before he was released at the end of the 2015 preseason. Wilson, who spent his first four seasons (2010-13) with the Green Bay Packers, has totaled 66 games played, with 18 starts, 137 tackles (76 solo), 5.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in his regular season career, with 24 tackles (14 solo) and one sack in eight postseason games.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived TE Gabe Holmes and placed S Nate Allen on the Reserve/Injured – Designated for Return list.

San Jose SaberCats Assigned Wide Receiver Maurice Purify

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned wide receiver Maurice Purify.

“Maurice is a proven champion in this league and adds another dimension to our offense,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

Purify (6’4 230) spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Rattlers, winning the ArenaBowl championship each season, recording an Arena Football League record seven touchdowns in the 2012 ArenaBowl XXV.

In 2011, Purify was named AFL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Georgia Force, where he hauled in 130 receptions for 1653 yards and 46 touchdowns.

As an undrafted free agent, Purify joined the National Football League, signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008.

Purify is a native of Eureka, California, and played at San Francisco City College before transferring to the University of Nebraska. As a Cornhusker, Purify was named to the Second Team All-Big 12 in 2006 as well as the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2007. He ended his collegiate career with 91 receptions for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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