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Oakland Raiders Sign S Jordan Richards

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Jordan Richards, the club announced Friday.

Richards, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound safety, enters his fifth year in the NFL after spending the 2018 season with the Atlanta Falcons. Before being traded ahead of the 2018 campaign, Richards spent his first three seasons (2015-17) with the New England Patriots after being selected in the second round (64th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his first four seasons, Richards has appeared in 59 contests and made 19 starts, compiling 77 tackles (60 solo), six passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In five postseason appearances, he has recorded five stops (three) as a rotational player on defense.

In his lone season with the Falcons, Richards appeared in 15 contests and made a career-high 12 starts. Richards also set career highs in tackles and passes defensed, tallying 37 and three, respectively.

From 2015-17, Richards played in 41 contests for the Patriots and made seven starts. In 2017, he recorded 22 stops during the regular season and appeared in all three postseason contests, while tallying four stops in the club’s Super Bowl LII appearance.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Richards played in 54 games and made 44 starts over his four years (2011-14) at Stanford, compiling 247 tackles, one sack, nine interceptions including one returned for a score, 24 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. As a senior in 2014, Richards was named a team captain and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors after posting 79 stops, three interceptions and five passes defensed.

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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 Sign Trent Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Trent Brown, the club announced Wednesday.

Brown spent last season as a member of the New England Patriots after spending three years (2015-17) with the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 47 games with 44 starts over his four-year career and has appeared in three postseason contests.

Last season, Brown helped lift New England to a victory in Super Bowl LIII, while paving the way for an offense that ranked fifth in the NFL with 393.4 yards per game during the regular season. Brown helped QB Tom Brady reach 4,000 yards passing for the 10th time in his career, while becoming the fourth NFL player to reach 6,000 completions and 70,000 passing yards in 2018.

The 6-8, 380-pounder started 28-of-31 games for the 49ers after the team selected him in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

A native of Albany, Ga., Brown played two seasons at Florida, appearing in 23 games with 11 starts for the Gators during his career. As a senior, he helped pave the way for 187.7 rushing yards per game, including five games over 200 yards.

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Oakland Raiders Sign OL Ian Silberman; Place T Donald Penn on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed OL Ian Silberman via the Tennessee Titans practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Silberman was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. After a short stint on the New England Patriots practice squad in 2016, Silberman was signed to the Raiders practice squad, while also signing to the team’s 53-man roster in December of 2017 after spending a portion of the season with both the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman appeared in all four preseason contests for the Silver and Black this year. Silberman has appeared in one contest in his career during his rookie campaign with the 49ers.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed T Donald Penn on the Reserve/Injured List. Penn signed with the team as a free agent in 2014 and started in all 64 appearances since his arrival

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Brandon LaFell; Waive Holton

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Brandon LaFell, the club announced Monday.

LaFell enters his ninth season in the NFL after having stints with the Carolina Panthers (2010-13), New England Patriots (2014-15) and most recently with the Cincinnati Bengals (2016-17). Over his eight-year career, LaFell has played in 119 games and made 85 starts, recording 394 receptions, 5,263 yards (13.4 avg.) and 29 touchdowns. He has appeared in six postseason contests and made five starts, tallying 20 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. 

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver appeared in all 16 contests for the Bengals and made 15 starts. He compiled 52 receptions for 548 yards (10.5 avg.), marks that both ranked second on the team, while adding three touchdowns.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived WR Johnny Holton. A third-year player, Holton made the roster in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. In his two seasons with the Silver and Black, he tallied 11 receptions for 252 yards and added three scores, while also registering 17 special teams tackles.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed T T.J. Clemmings and T Justin Murray via waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively, the club announced Sunday.

Clemmings was originally a fourth-round pick (110th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his three-year career, the 6-foot-5, 309-pound tackle has appeared in 37 games and made 32 starts, while also starting in his lone postseason appearance in 2015. Last season, Clemmings appeared in six contests and made two starts in his only season with the Washington Redskins.

Murray, originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016, spent 2017 on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, before being signed to the Cincinnati Bengals for the remainder of the year. Murray has not appeared in an NFL contest.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived T David Sharpe and OL Ian Silberman.

Sharpe was originally drafted by the club in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. In his one year with the team, he appeared in five contests and made two starts.

Silberman, originally a sixth-round selection (190th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, re-joined the team this past offseason after spending a portion of the 2016 season on the club’s practice squad. Silberman has played in one contest in his career and has also spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.

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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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