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Oakland Raiders Sign LB Vontaze Burfict

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Vontaze Burfict, the club announced Tuesday.

Burfict, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound linebacker and 2013 Pro Bowler, joins the Raiders after spending his first seven seasons (2012-18) with the Cincinnati Bengals. Originally an undrafted free agent signee by the club in 2012, Burfict has appeared in 75 contests and made 73 starts, totaling 604 tackles (396 solo), five interceptions, 28 passes defensed, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Burfict has started in each of his three appearances, totaling 19 stops (11), one interception, one pass defensed, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Last season, Burfict started in all seven appearances and compiled 33 tackles (16) and three passes defensed. He finished top-5 on the team in tackles in each of the previous three campaigns.

Since entering the league in 2012, the former Arizona State standout has compiled three 100-plus tackle seasons, including a franchise-record and NFL-best 171 stops in 2013 en route to his first Pro Bowl honor and second-team All-Pro recognition by the Associated Press. His 171 tackles that year stand as the highest single-season total by a defender since 2010.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Burfict played three seasons (2009-11) for the Sun Devils and appeared in 37 games, making 32 starts. He totaled 228 tackles, including 22.5 for loss, one interception, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his time with the school, and was tabbed a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker as a junior in 2011.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign WR/RS Dwayne Harris

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed unrestricted free agent WR/RS Dwayne Harris, the club announced Monday.

Harris, originally drafted in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, joined the Raiders in 2018 after spending the previous three seasons (2015-17) with the New York Giants. For his career, Harris has played in 103 games and made 11 starts. As a returner, he has totaled 159 kickoff returns for 4,055 yards (25.5 avg.) and one touchdown in addition to 177 punt returns for 1,805 (10.2 avg.) and four scores. On offense, Harris has posted 76 receptions for 867 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 206-pounder took home two AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards with the Silver and Black after appearing in 15 contests and making one start. Harris averaged 14.1 yards per punt return, the second-best single-season mark in franchise history, as he also tied for the NFL lead. He also returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown, tied for the second-longest punt return in NFL history. Additionally, Harris finished 10th in the NFL with a 22.9-yard kickoff return average.

A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Harris played in 50 games at East Carolina and was twice named to the All-Conference USA First Team. As a senior in 2010, he set a school record with 41 kickoff returns for 839 yards and added 222 yards on 19 punt returns.

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Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn Part Ways

ALAMEDA, Calif. – After five seasons, the Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn have mutually agreed to part ways. 

Once a Raider, Always a Raider

“It is always hard to say goodbye to players that you respect and love both for their on-field efforts and the people that they are off the field,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis. “Donald Penn is another one of those great Raiders who have come into the organization and left an indelible mark on the franchise and the Raider Nation as a whole. He came to Oakland already with a deep passion for Raiders football and served as a leader and example for the team for five memorable seasons. Donald will always be a Raider and his presence will be missed by the entire Raiders Family. I wish the absolute best for Donald and his family.”

“We’re going to miss Donald Penn around here,” said Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden. “I got to coach him as a young guy in Tampa and everything he got on the field, he earned. I was lucky enough to get him again here in Oakland. I’m going to miss the toughness and passion that he brought to the team every day. I certainly wish him and his family all the best.”

“Thank you to Mark Davis and the entire Oakland Raiders organization for giving me an opportunity to play for you,” said Penn. “It was an honor to play for you. Thank you to my Raiders teammates for always going to war and leaving it all on the field. It was an honor to play beside you.

“To Coach Gruden – thank you for always believing in me,” added Penn. “From giving me my first start back in Tampa, it’s incredible how things come full circle. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.” 

Penn, who signed with the team as a free agent in 2014, started in each of his 66 appearances with the Silver and Black. He started his first 48 games with the Raiders from 2014-16, extending his personal streak of starts to a remarkable 170 games that stretched from 2007 until Week 16 of the 2017 season. In 2018, Penn started in four contests before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on October 3. 

The Inglewood, Calif., native earned two Pro Bowl selections (2016 and 2017) in five seasons with the Raiders and was named to the All-AFC Team by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2016.

Over his 13-year career, Penn has appeared in 178 contests and made 174 starts, including 112 games and 108 starts in his first eight NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He entered the league with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden in 2007.

Penn started 44 consecutive games at Utah State, serving as team captain and earning All-WAC honors as a senior in 2005.

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Oakland Raiders Retain LB Jason Cabinda and Sign G Chaz Green

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Jason Cabinda and signed unrestricted free agent G Chaz Green, the club announced Friday.

Cabinda, a 6-foot-1, 243-pound linebacker signed by the club as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, spent the first six contests of 2018 on the team’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Oct. 18. He appeared in 10 contests and made three starts, tallying 21 tackles (14 solo) in his rookie campaign.

A native of Flemington, N.J., Cabinda played four years for at Penn State, seeing action in 43 games with 36 starts. Cabinda finished his career with the Nittany Lions ranked ninth on the school’s all-time list with 286 tackles (115 solo), adding six career sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 11 passes defensed and one interception.

Green, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound guard and former third-round selection (91st overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft, joined the Raiders in the middle of the 2018 campaign and appeared in four contests while making one start. Over his four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2015-17), New Orleans Saints (2018) and Raiders, Green has appeared in 22 contests and made seven starts.

A native Tampa, Fla., Green spent five years (2010-14) at Florida and appeared in 43 contests. As a senior, Green was voted a team captain by his peers and started in all 11 contests for the Gators. 

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Josh Mauro

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DE Josh Mauro, the team announced Friday.

Mauro, a former undrafted free agent who originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft, joins the Raiders to embark upon his sixth season in the league after spending the first four with the Cardinals and most recently as a member of the New York Giants in 2018. In his first five seasons, Mauro appeared in 59 contests and made 30 starts, compiling 102 tackles (72 solo), three sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three postseason contests, including two starts, Mauro has totaled three stops (two).

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end played in 12 contests and made four starts for the Giants. He totaled 28 tackles (17) and one sack over the course of the season.

A native of Hurst, Texas, Mauro played four seasons (2010-13) at Stanford, appearing in 48 games and making 11 starts. He totaled 81 tackles, including 21.5 for loss, 11 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his collegiate career.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR J.J. Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR J.J. Nelson, the club announced Friday.

A 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver, Nelson enters his fifth year in the NFL and first with the Raiders having previously spent his first four years with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted by the club in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. In his first four seasons, Nelson appeared in a total of 56 contests and made 15 starts, tallying 81 receptions for 1,439 yards (17.8 avg.) and 10 touchdowns, while also adding 12 rushing attempts for 120 yards and an additional score. In two post season appearances, Nelson caught three passes for 33 yards and fielded three kickoffs for 56 return yards.

Since entering the league in 2015, Nelson’s yards per reception average of 17.8 ranks first in the NFL among players with at least 80 receptions during that span. Of Nelson’s 11 career touchdowns, five have come from at least 30 yards out, including three from 50-plus yards. 

Last season, Nelson appeared in 14 games and made two starts, totaling seven receptions for 64 yards. He appeared in 16 contests for the first time in 2017, while setting career highs across the board in 2016 with 34 receptions for 568 yards, including six touchdown receptions, while also adding four rush attempts for 83 yards and a score.

A native of Midfield, Ala., Nelson played in 46 games for UAB and made 22 starts, finishing his collegiate career with 116 receptions for 2,273 yards and 20 touchdown receptions, adding on 18 rush attempts for 90 yards and a score. He added 76 kickoff returns for 1,932 yards and five touchdowns, while tacking on 35 punt returns for 375 yards, including one returned for a score. Nelson ranks first in school history with 4,670 all-purpose yards and his five career kickoff return scores rank third all-time in Conference USA history annals.

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Oakland Raiders Release AJ McCarron and Jordy Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released QB AJ McCarron and WR Jordy Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

McCarron spent the 2018 season with the club and was active for all 16 contests, appearing in two and completing one-of-three pass attempts for eight yards. Over his four-year career, McCarron has appeared in 13 total contests and made three starts.

Nelson spent one year with the club after joining ahead of the 2018 campaign and appeared in 15 contests and made 14 starts. He finished the season ranked third on the team with 63 receptions and second with 739 yards receiving, adding three touchdown receptions. Nelson has appeared in 151 contests and made 102 starts, tallying 613 receptions for 8,587 yards and 72 scores over his 11 seasons in the NFL.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Johnathan Hankins to Two-Year Deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DT Johnathan Hankins to a two-year contract, the club announced Thursday.

Hankins joined the Raiders in 2018 after a one-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts, having spent the previous four years (2013-16) with the New York Giants after being selected by the team in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

In his first season with the Silver and Black, Hankins appeared in 15 contests and made 14 starts, totaling 36 tackles (21) and two fumble recoveries. Over his six-year career, the 6-foot-2, 320-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 82 contests and made 70 starts, compiling 220 tackles (134 solo), 12 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Hankins has started in one postseason contest and recorded two tackles (one) and one sack. 

A native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Hankins played three seasons at Ohio State, appearing in 38 contests and making 25 starts, totaling 138 tackles (58), five sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. Hankins was named All-American Second Team and was an All-Big Ten Conference selection as a junior in 2013.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Tyrell Williams

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Tyrell Williams, the club announced Wednesday.

Originally an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams signed with the San Diego Chargers and spent the first four seasons (2015-18) of his career with the club. Over his four-year career, Williams has appeared in 55 contests and made 37 starts, totaling 155 receptions for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdown receptions. In postseason play, Williams has appeared in two contests, making one start and compiling seven receptions for 103 yards.

Since entering the NFL in 2015, no player has tallied more touchdown receptions of at least 75 yards than Williams’ four. Additionally, his 16.3-yard average per reception since his rookie season ranks fifth in the NFL among players with at least 100 receptions. Last season, Williams appeared in all 16 contests for the third consecutive year and made 10 starts, hauling in 41 passes for 653 yards and adding five scores. 

In 2017, Williams set career highs in starts (15) and yards per reception (16.9 avg.), while setting career marks in 2016 in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,059) and touchdowns (seven). Williams led the team in both receptions and yards that season after appearing in all 16 contests for the first time in his career.

A native of Salem, Ore., Williams spent four seasons (2011-14) at Western Oregon, hauling in a school-record 165 receptions for 2,792 yards while recording 21 touchdown receptions. Williams earned first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors from 2012-14 and was recognized as Don Hanson D-II All-Super Region Three as a senior.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire Fifth-Round Selection; Trade Osemele

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a fifth-round selection (140th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft via a trade with the New York Jets, the club announced Wednesday. 

As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the 140th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for G/T Kelechi Osemele, in addition to Oakland’s sixth-round selection (196th overall) in this year’s draft. The sixth-round selection sent to the Jets was originally acquired via trade with the Chicago Bears on September 1, 2018.

Osemele signed with the Raiders in 2016 and started in all 42 appearances for the Silver and Black over the last three seasons. In 2016, Osemele earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team and the PFWA All-NFL Team. He earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018.

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