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Oakland Raiders Sign RB Isaiah Crowell

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Isaiah Crowell, the club announced Thursday.

Crowell joins the Raiders after stints with the New York Jets (2018) and Cleveland Browns (2014-17). Over his five-year career, Crowell enters his first campaign with the Silver and Black having appeared in 77 contests with 51 starts, totaling 3,803 rushing yards on 880 attempts (4.3 avg.) while adding 27 scores on the ground. Additionally, he has hauled in 117 passes for 922 yards (7.9 avg.) and one receiving touchdown.

In his lone season with the Jets, Crowell appeared in 13 contests and made six starts, compiling 685 rushing yards on 143 carries (4.8 avg.) and six rushing touchdowns. Among players with at least 125 carries in 2018, Crowell’s 4.8 average yards per rush ranked 11th in the NFL. He also added 21 receptions for 152 yards.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back spent his first four seasons with the Browns, appearing in all 64 contests with the club during his time there. In 2016, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career and surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time as well. He also set a career high with 952 rushing yards while adding four 100-yard outings in addition to seven scores on the ground. In just four starts as a rookie in 2014, Crowell managed to rush for a career-high eight touchdowns, the second-most among rookie rushers that season.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Crowell finished fifth in Hornets history in points scored (160), while finishing sixth in yards (1,963) after just two seasons (2012-13) with the school. As a senior in 2013, he helped the Hornets to the SWAC’s No. 1 ranked rushing attack, finishing second individually with 1,121 yards of his own while adding 15 touchdowns on the ground. He was named SWAC Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after posting 842 yards and another 15 scores. Before transferring to Alabama State in 2011, he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press with the Georgia Bulldogs after leading the team with 850 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Kony Ealy; Place S Reggie Nelson On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Kony Ealy, the club announced Wednesday.

A former second-round pick (60th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ealy now enters his second stint this season with the Raiders and fifth year in the league after making stops with the Panthers (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017). At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the defensive end has appeared in 62 games over his career with the two clubs, making 19 starts and compiling 90 tackles (53 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Ealy has appeared in five contests and made one start, notching 11 stops (five), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed S Reggie Nelson on the Reserve/Injured List. Nelson signed as a free agent in 2016 and started all 32 games in his first two seasons with the club, appearing in a total of 43 contests. Over his 12-year career, he has appeared in 181 contests and made 164 starts, recorded 830 tackles (605 solo), 6.5 sacks, 38 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 93 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. His 38 interceptions lead all active players in the NFL.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Kony Ealy

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Kony Ealy, the club announced Monday.

A former second-round pick (60th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ealy now enters his fifth year in the league after making stops with the Panthers (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017). At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the defensive end has appeared in 62 games over his career with the two clubs, making 19 starts and compiling 90 tackles (53 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Ealy has appeared in five contests and made one start, notching 11 stops (five), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of New Madrid, Mo., Ealy played in 38 games at Missouri and made 25 starts, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior in 2013. Over his career, he registered 93 tackles, including 27.5 for loss, 14 sacks, one interception, 13 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived LB James Cowser.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Jacquies Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Jacquies Smith, the club announced Monday.

A 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end, Smith originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012 when he signed with the Miami Dolphins. Following a short stint with the club, Smith made stops with the New York Jets (2012-13), Buffalo Bills (2013-14), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-17), Detroit Lions (2017) and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. Since entering the league, he has appeared in 34 contests and made 18 starts, compiling 41 tackles (29 solo), 13.5 sacks, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Smith played in 53 games at Missouri, starting in 32 of them over his four-year career (2008-11). As a Tiger, he recorded 159 stops, including 26 for loss, 13 sacks and one interception that he returned for a touchdown.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents CB Jarell Carter and DT Connor Flagel, the club announced Monday.

Carter joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. A four-year player at Trinity International (2013-16), the 5-foot-10, 196-pound cornerback appeared in 36 games and made 31 starts, recording 156 tackles (85 solo), 0.5 sacks, six interceptions, 28 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, earning NCCAA All-American honors twice.

Flagel was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Central Missouri. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound defensive end appeared in 35 contests and made 33 starts during his three seasons with the Mules, totaling 111 tackles, including 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have released T Breno Giacomini and placed WR Griff Whalen on the Reserve/Injured List, both of whom signed to the club as free agents this past March.

Giacomini, entering his 11th season in the NFL, has appeared in 94 total games and made 86 starts. Since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, he has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Houston Texans.

Whalen totaled four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in exhibition play for the club this preseason, adding four punt returns for 46 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 yards. His career totals include 43 games played with three starts, registering 51 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Sign T Breno Giacomini

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Breno Giacomini, the club announced Thursday.

Giacomini is entering his 11th NFL season, having spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Houston Texans. He has appeared in 94 career games with 86 starts, including 53 starts over the last four seasons. He originally entered the league as a fifth-round draft pick (150th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 2008.

Last season, the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder started all 16 games at right tackle for the Texans. From 2014-16, Giacomini started 37 games for the Jets, including every game in 2014 and 2015.

Giacomini saw his first significant action with the Seahawks in 2011 and was a mainstay on the team’s offensive line through 2013, helping the team win Super XLVIII as the starting right tackle.

A native of Malden, Mass., Giacomini played four seasons (2004-07) at Louisville, appearing in 27 games. He began his collegiate career as a tight end before converting to tackle before his senior year.

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Oakland Raiders Sign S Marcus Gilchrist

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

Gilchrist signs with the Raiders after seven NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Houston Texans. Over his career, Gilchrist has played in 107 games with 82 starts, totaling 426 tackles (330 solo), 11 interceptions, 33 passes defensed, four sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He began his career as a cornerback and shifted to safety during the 2013 season.

Last season, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder appeared in all 16 games for the Texans, making 13 starts at safety and totaling 56 tackles, one interception, six passes defensed, one sack and one forced fumble. He set career highs in tackles (82), interceptions (three) and passes defensed (seven) as a member of the Jets in 2015.

A native of High Point, N.C., Gilchrist played four seasons (2007-10) at Clemson, appearing in 53 games, a number that is tied for a school record. He totaled 211 tackles over his career and was named an All-ACC honorable mention as a senior.

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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 RB Latavius Murray Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday. Murray, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.

Murray joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Murray, Cooper and Carr and were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr and Cooper were named as replacements last week.

The Raiders’ six Pro Bowl selections mark the team’s most since having six in 1994. The selections that season were WR/KR Tim Brown, G Kevin Gogan, QB Jeff Hostetler, CB Terry McDaniel, DT Chester McGlockton and G Steve Wisniewski. The most Pro Bowl representatives in franchise history came in 1973 and 1974 when the Raiders featured nine Pro Bowlers each year.

Murray became the first Raider since 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, totaling 1,066 yards on 266 carries (4.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2015. His rushing total ranked sixth in the NFL and second among all AFC running backs. The third-year player also ranked third on the team with 41 receptions, totaling 232 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice during the campaign, racking up 139 yards on the ground in a Week 3 victory at Cleveland and posting a 113-yard effort in a Week 8 win over the New York Jets at home. He topped 70 yards rushing in a game on five other occasions during the year.

The native of Nedrow, N.Y., was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCF. He spent his rookie year on the reserve/injured list before playing in 15 games with three starts in 2014. He finished his second season with 82 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team with a 5.2-yard rushing average.

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Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders rookie WR Amari Cooper was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday. Cooper, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall.

Cooper joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Cooper, Carr and RB Latavius Murray were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr was named as a replacement on Wednesday.

The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.

Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category by posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards (14.9 avg.) with six touchdowns in 2015. He became the first ever Raiders rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards and set franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch, while ranking first among NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and tying for first in touchdowns. Additionally, his 72 catches are the most ever by a wide receiver 21 or younger and his yardage total is the second most by a NFL player 21 or younger.

Cooper saw the first of his five 100-yard games come in Week 2 against Baltimore, while also becoming the youngest Raiders wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass. In Week 3 at Cleveland, Cooper became the first Raiders rookie with 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games since James Jett (Nov. 21-28, 1993) and joined DeSean Jackson (2008) as the only NFL rookies in the past 30 years with two 100-yard receiving games in their team’s first three games. Cooper’s five 100-yard games are tied for the second most by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The native of Miami, Fla., was tabbed as the Raiders’ first-round draft pick and the fourth-overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft after a record-setting career at Alabama. He was the highest wide receiver taken in the draft and the first receiver taken by Oakland in the first round since 2009.

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