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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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Player Assessing Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations