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Oakland Raiders Acquire Fifth-Round Selection, Trade Patterson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a fifth-round selection (159th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft via a trade with the New England Patriots, the club announced Monday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the 159th overall selection in the 2018 Draft in exchange for WR Cordarrelle Patterson and Oakland’s first compensatory selection in the sixth round (210th overall).

Patterson appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders last season, recording 31 receptions for 309 yards and 13 rushes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. As a returner, he totaled 19 kickoff returns for 538 yards, and his 28.3 yards per return led the NFL. For his career, Patterson played in 80 games over five seasons with the Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.

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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.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign TE Lee Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent TE Lee Smith, the club announced Thursday.

Smith returns to the Raiders after playing the last three years for the team, having signed with Oakland in 2015. In his first three seasons with the Silver and Black, Smith appeared in 35 games with 25 starts, hauling in 26 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft before playing for the Buffalo Bills from 2011-14. Over his seven-year career, the primarily blocking tight end has played in 91 games with 62 starts and totaled 46 receptions for 319 yards with four touchdowns.

The Powell, Tenn., native played collegiately at Marshall, appearing in 48 games over four seasons and totaling 75 receptions for 791 yards.  

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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.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday.

SIGNED THE FOLLOWING FREE AGENTS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE             6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE             6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Casher, Chris                          DE                   6-3      264     R          Faulkner

Enemkpali: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 career games for the Jets and Buffalo Bills, totaling nine tackles…Spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Inured List…Played in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Johnson: Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in one career game, which came in 2015 for the New England Patriots…Played in 20 games with 19 starts over two seasons at Tarleton State after transferring from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign LS Jon Condo

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed LS Jon Condo, the club announced Monday.

Condo will return to the Raiders for his 11th season in 2017 after serving as the team’s long snapper since 2007. He originally joined the team’s practice squad in 2006 after stops with the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. Condo has played in 160 games over his career.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has handled the majority of the long-snapping duties for the Raiders over the past 10 years, playing in 141 straight games from 2007-15 before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the final three games of 2015. Over his career, Condo has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl, coming in 2009 and 2011.

Last season, Condo played in all 16 games for the ninth time in his career, becoming the 19th player in franchise history to play in at least 155 games. He helped K Sebastian Janikowski to his fourth-highest single-season point total and P Marquette King earn Associated Press All-Pro Second Team honors.

The Philipsburg, Pa., native attended Maryland, where he appeared in 38 consecutive games and helped the Terrapins to three bowl game appearances.

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Oakland Raiders To Host New England In Mexico City In 2017

NFL Returns to Mexico

Building off the tremendous success of the 2016 game in Mexico, the NFL will return to Mexico City in 2017 when the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Houston in advance of Super Bowl LI.

The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring. The game in Mexico is the fifth international game confirmed for 2017, adding to the four previously announced games in London, and a testament to the NFL’s increased commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” Goodell said. “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico City between two great teams next season.”

The Raiders will play in Mexico for the second consecutive season after earning a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans on November 21 before a sellout crowd of 76,473 in the first-ever Monday Night Football game played outside of the United States.
“The Raiders are excited to return to Estadio Azteca and represent the National Football League once again on an international stage,” said Raiders Owner MARK DAVIS. “We enjoyed tremendous support from the Raider Nation in Mexico in 2016 and look forward to experiencing that great passion again this year.”

The Patriots will play their first-ever regular-season game in Mexico.
“The largest crowd the Patriots have played in front of was in Mexico City in 1998,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO ROBERT KRAFT. “It was a great experience and I am looking forward to our return. I know that we have a lot of passionate Patriots fans in Mexico. We have had plenty of success in international games and I attribute that to our tremendous fan support in those venues. I look forward to meeting some of our fantastic fans and enjoying the food and culture there in the fall.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for the game, which will go on sale this summer, should register their interest at www.nfl.com/mexico/registration. Season ticket members of Oakland and New England will receive information directly from the clubs once tickets are ready for sale.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign WR Andre Holmes

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed WR Andre Holmes, the club announced Tuesday.

Holmes has appeared in 42 games with 18 starts over the last three seasons with the Raiders. He set career highs in 2014 with 47 receptions and 693 receiving yards, which led the team. A key special teams contributor, he finished tied for second on the team last season with seven tackles, and also posted 14 receptions for 201 yards and four touchdowns.

For his career, the 6-foor-4, 210-pounder has totaled 88 receptions for 1,336 yards (15.2 average) and nine touchdowns in 49 career games.

Holmes, who was claimed via waivers from the New England Patriots in May 2013, played in seven games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, registering two catches for 11 yards. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 before joining the Cowboys later that year.

A native of Elk Grove, Ill., Holmes is one of just six players in NFL history from Hillsdale College to play in an NFL. At Hillsdale, Holmes earned first-team all-conference honors all three years, and turned in one of the most productive seasons in school history, setting single-season school records for receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,368) as a senior in 2010.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DB Dewey McDonald To Active Roster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DB Dewey McDonald to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Tuesday.

McDonald has played in 14 games over his career with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, and appeared in three postseason games with Indianapolis in 2014. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May 2014, and he appeared in 12 games with Indianapolis as a rookie and ranked second on the team with 13 special teams tackles. McDonald played in one game in 2015 for Indianapolis before being waived and claimed by the Patriots in October 2015. He made one appearance with New England before being waived and signed to the Raiders’ practice squad earlier this month.

The 6-foot, 220-pounder played one season at California University of Pennsylvania in 2013 after transferring from Fairmont State. He finished his collegiate career with 12 interceptions, including five as a freshman. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, McDonald earned first-team PSAC West honors by tallying a career-best 89 tackles, six tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed DB Chris Hackett and G Cole Manhart to the practice squad.

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Raiders Sign WR Marcus Thigpen

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Marcus Thigpen, the club announced Wednesday.

Thigpen joins the Raiders following stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles in 2009.

For his career, Thigpen has played in 45 games – 32 of which were with the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013. He split time in 2014 with the Buccaneers and the Bills and began 2015 playing the first four weeks with Buffalo. His career totals include 92 kickoff returns for 2,224 yards (24.2 avg.) and one touchdown and 85 punt returns for 847 yards (10.0 avg.) and two touchdowns. As a receiver, Thigpen has totaled nine receptions for 112 yards (12.4 avg.) and one touchdown.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder played four seasons at Indiana, finishing second in school and fifth in Big Ten history with 2,009 career kickoff return yards. He also finished third in school history with 4,658 career all-purpose yards and tied for eighth with 21 career touchdowns. The Detroit, Mich., native became the first player in school history with over 1,000 rushing yards (1,621), receiving yards (1,028) and kickoff return yards (2,009).
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