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Oakland Raiders Sign C Rodney Hudson To Multi-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed C Rodney Hudson to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Friday.

Hudson, a two-time Pro Bowler (2016-17) and one of the team’s most durable players, originally signed to the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in the 2015 offseason. Also voted by his teammates as a two-time winner of the Commitment to Excellence Award, Hudson has started in all 61 appearances at center and anchors an offensive line that ranks fifth in sacks surrendered (127) since his arrival in 2015.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pound center started in all 16 contests for the fourth consecutive season and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson tallied 1,074 snaps without surrendering a single sack in 2018, while allowing just one hit and four quarterback hurries, earning the top pass-blocking efficiency grade (99.6) in the NFL among all centers. According to PFF, no center to play at least 1,000 snaps last season allowed fewer than eight quarterback hurries. 

In 2017, Hudson earned his second Pro Bowl honor after leading an offensive line that allowed just 24 sacks on the year, tied for third-fewest in the NFL. His 2016 campaign was highlighted by his first Pro Bowl selection after helping the team post the fewest sacks allowed (18) in the NFL that season and fewest by the Silver and Black since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. In doing so, Hudson also landed a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association All-AFC Team for the first time in his career. 

A former second-round selection (55th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hudson played four years for the Chiefs and appeared in 51 games for the club, making 35 starts at both center and guard during his time there.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Hudson played collegiately at Florida State from 2007-10, appearing in 53 games and making 50 starts. He earned All-Atlantic Coast honors all four years with the program and set a conference career record being named ACC Player of the Week honors nine times, while also becoming the 11th player in league history to win the Jacobs Blocking Award twice in a career (2009-10).

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Oakland Raiders Sign Dorleant And Holsey; Waive Cheevers and Townsend

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DB Makinton Dorleant and CB Joshua Holsey, the club announced Tuesday.

Dorleant re-joins the Raiders having spent the offseason program with the team after signing as a reserve/future free agent this past January. Dorleant originally joined the club as a member of the practice squad ahead of the team’s regular season finale in 2018. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound defensive back also made stops with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs last season while spending his first two years (2016-17) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. Over his career, Dorleant has appeared in four contests.

A native of Naples, Fla., Dorleant played three seasons (2013-15) at Northern Iowa, starting 39-of-40 games with the program. As a Panther, he compiled 138 tackles (104 solo), two interceptions, 30 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries. 

Holsey, a former seventh-round selection (235th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, joins the Raiders for his third year in the NFL after spending his first two with the Redskins. Over his first two years, Holsey has appeared in 13 games, seeing action primarily on special teams while adding two tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.

A native of Fairburn Ga., the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Holsey appeared in 44 games and made 31 starts during his career (2012-16) at Auburn. With the Tigers, he compiled 118 tackles (96), four interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived CB Hamp Cheevers and P Johnny Townsend.

Townsend was drafted by the club in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. In his lone season with the team, Townsend appeared in all 16 contests and punted 70 times for 3,022 yards (43.2 avg.) while recording a 38.3 net average and pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times.

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Oakland Raiders Sign OL Jordan Devey

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Jordan Devey, the club announced Thursday.

Devey spent the past three seasons as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs after stops with the San Francisco 49ers (2015) and New England Patriots (2013-14). He has played in 40 games with 17 starts during his career and has appeared in one postseason contest.

In 2018, Devey appeared in seven contests with two starts at center before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder totaled 18 games played with four starts during his three years in Kansas City.

A native of American Fork, Utah, Devey spent two years (2011-12) at Memphis after transferring from Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah. Devey started in 24 games for Memphis, playing all 1,558 snaps over his two-year career.

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Oakland Raiders Elevate Holton; Make Practice Squad Additions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have elevated WR Johnny Holton to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Holton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. Holton made the active roster following his first training camp and appeared in 31 games over his first two seasons, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 avg.), adding three scores. Holton has spent the 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad, where he participated in a short stint as a converted cornerback.

Additionally, the club has signed WR Saeed Blacknall and CB Arrion Springs to the practice squad. 

Blacknall appeared in his first NFL action in Week 11 after being elevated to the club’s active roster. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Penn State, Blacknall played in 48 contests and made 15 starts, totaling 50 receptions for 979 yards (19.6 avg.) and seven touchdowns.

Springs is a 5-foot-11, 208-pound cornerback that was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs this past offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon. Springs played four years (2014-17) with the Ducks, appearing in 40 contests and making 137 tackles (97 solo), two sacks, two interceptions, 42 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. A product of San Antonio, Texas, Springs has spent the 2018 regular season between the Chiefs’, New Orleans Saints’ and Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

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Oakland Raiders Sign LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Derrick Johnson, the club announced Monday.

Johnson joins the Raiders after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Following his selection by Kansas City in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft (15th overall), Johnson was named to four Pro Bowls (2011-13, 2015) and selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011.

For his career, Johnson has played in 182 games with 169 starts and totaled 1,262 tackles (993 solo), 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 passes defensed. In the postseason, Johnson has played in six games and posted 40 tackles (26 solo) and one sack.

The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder is the Chiefs’ all-time leader with 1,262 tackles. He was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011 after setting a franchise record with 179 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. Last season, Johnson played in 15 games and recorded 71 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of Waco, Texas, Johnson appeared in 50 games with 40 starts over four seasons at Texas, registering 458 tackles (281 solo), 10.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions. As a senior in 2004, he was named the Butkus Award winner and also earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

In a corresponding transaction, the Raiders have waived DB Darius Hillary.

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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.

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Oakland Raiders Sign LS Andrew East

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LS Andrew East, the club announced Tuesday.

East, a first-year player, originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May 2015 and spent training camp with Kansas City. Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a reserve/future free agent in February of this year before being waived in March.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder snapped in all 51 games of his collegiate career at Vanderbilt and recorded 13 special teams tackles. As a senior, he was named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors a superior combination of athletics, academics and commercial service.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., East was a team captain and three-year starter on defense and special teams at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Sean Smith

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

Smith has spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after beginning his career with the Miami Dolphins from 2009-12. He has played in 108 games with 100 starts over his seven-year career, totaling 350 tackles (308 solo), 10 interceptions with 191 return yards and one returned for a touchdown, 80 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three postseason starts with the Chiefs, Smith totaled 14 tackles (10), one interception and three passes defensed.

Originally entering the league as a second-round pick (61st overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith has posted multiple interceptions in four of his last five seasons, including two in the 2015 regular season and one more in the postseason. He has also started all 16 games at cornerback in four of his seven season NFL seasons (2009, 2011-12 and 2014).

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder started the final 13 games of the season for Kansas City, posting 45 tackles (40) with two interceptions and 12 passes defensed. In two postseason starts last season, Smith added 10 tackles (nine) and one interception with two passes defensed.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., Smith started 22 of his 39 games as a three-year letterman at Utah from 2006-08. In his collegiate career, he recorded 80 tackles (43), nine interceptions and16 passes defensed.

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Oakland Raiders Punter Marquette King Wins AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders P Marquette King has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 16 performance against the San Diego Chargers, the National Football League announced today.

This marks the first time in King’s career that he has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. A Raider has now won the award 23 times, with King’s recognition being the first since K Sebastian Janikowski won it in 2012 after his Week 15 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 82 times.

In last Thursday night’s win over the Chargers, King punted eight times for 400 yards (50.0 gross average; 49.8 net average) with a long of 65 in the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers. Six of his punts were downed inside San Diego’s 20-yard line. His 49.8 net average led the NFL in Week 16, and his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line ranked second. King pinned his 39th punt of the season inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (second in the NFL this year), setting a new single-season franchise record since the statistic became official in 1976.

This is the second time this season that Oakland has had a player win a Player of the Week Award, as DE Khalil Mack won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos. Additionally, S Charles Woodson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

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Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack Wins AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos, the National Football League announced today.

This is the first time in Mack’s career he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The award marks the 31st time a Raider has won it and first since S Charles Woodson won the award in 2014 after his Week 12 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 81 times.

In last week’s victory over the Broncos in Denver, Mack posted nine tackles (six solo), a career-high five sacks and one forced fumble. His five sacks tied a single-game franchise record, matching Howie Long’s performance on Oct. 2, 1983. Mack became just the sixth player since 1982 to record five sacks and one forced fumble in a game, and he tied the mark for most sacks in a half since 1991. After posting nine sacks over the last three weeks, Mack now leads the NFL with 14 sacks this season.

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