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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Benson Mayowa

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Benson Mayowa

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DE Benson Mayowa, the club announced Tuesday.

Mayowa re-joins the Raiders, having previously spent two seasons (2014-15) with the club, after most recently playing for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2018 campaign. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Idaho, Mayowa also made stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2016-17). Over his six-year career, he has appeared in 72 contests and made 15 starts, totaling 110 tackles (68 solo), 13 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end registered career highs in both tackles (38) and passes defensed (four). He also added 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumbles recovery in 15 appearances for the Cardinals. He recorded seven sacks over two seasons with the Cowboys, including a career-high six in 2016. With the Raiders, he appeared in 28 games, tallying a combined 32 stops, two sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Mayowa played four seasons (2009-12) for the Vandals, appearing in 46 games and making 14 starts. He compiled 67 tackles (47) during his collegiate career, adding 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2019 Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2019 preseason schedule features a nationally-televised ESPN contest against the Arizona Cardinals and games against the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

Week/Date   Opponent                Time (PT)       Broadcast

1                      Los Angeles Rams        TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

Thu., Aug. 15  at Arizona Cardinals    5:00 p.m.         ESPN

3                      vs. Green Bay Packers TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

4                      at Seattle Seahawks    TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

The Silver and Black will open the preseason with a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, marking the third consecutive preseason that the two clubs have squared off. 

The Raiders will then travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals for a contest televised nationally on ESPN. It will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have met in preseason action, while also being the third consecutive such meeting with the Cardinals on the road. 

In preseason Week 3, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers at a to be announced neutral site. It represents the fourth time in six seasons that the Raiders and Packers have met in the preseason and it will be the Silver and Black’s first neutral site preseason contest since participating in the 2006 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio

Oakland will wrap up its slate against the Seahawks for the 14th straight year, as the team will travel to Seattle to close out the preseason for the 10th time since 2006. 

Further broadcast information, times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

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Oakland Raiders Sign TE Luke Willson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent TE Luke Willson, the club announced Friday.

Willson joins the Raiders after spending the 2018 season as a member of the Detroit Lions. Prior to his year in Detroit, he spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after originally joining the club as a fifth-round selection (158th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson has played in 86 career games with 45 starts, recording 102 receptions for 1,216 yards with 11 touchdowns over his six-year career. In nine career postseason games, he has totaled 13 receptions for 154 yards with one touchdown.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end appeared in 14 games with eight starts for the Lions, posting 13 receptions for 87 yards. He recorded a career-high four touchdowns in 2017 with Seattle and set career highs in both receptions (22) and receiving yards (362) in 2014, while adding three touchdowns on the season. As a rookie in 2013, Willson played in all 16 games with seven starts, totaling 20 catches for 272 yards while helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII.

A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Can., Willson appeared in 45 games over five seasons (2008-12) at Rice. He completed his collegiate career with 78 catches for 986 yards with nine touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Damontre’ Moore; Waive Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Damontre’ Moore, the club announced Tuesday.

A former third-round pick (81st overall) of the New York Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft, Moore enters his second stint with the Raiders after spending a portion of the 2016 training camp with the Silver and Black. Over his five-year career, Moore has made stops with the Giants (2013-15), Miami Dolphins (2015), Seattle Seahawks (2016) and most recently the Dallas Cowboys (2017). Since entering the league, he has appeared in 52 contests, compiling 62 tackles ( 42 solo), 10 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end out of Texas A&M appeared in three contests for the Cowboys and tallied three stops (two).

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DE Fadol Brown. Brown was signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2017, spending his rookie campaign on the team’s practice squad. He appeared in eight contests in 2018, totaling 17 tackles (14) and one pass defensed. 

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Oakland Raiders Sign Hankins and McDonald; Place Ellis on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Johnathan Hankins and DT Clinton McDonald, the club announced Thursday. 

Now in his sixth year in the NFL, Hankins joins the Silver and Black 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 club in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Over his five-year career, the 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 67 contests and made 56 starts, compiling 184 tackles (113 solo), 12 sacks, seven passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Hankins has started in one postseason contest and recorded two tackles (one) and one sack. Last season, he started in all of his 15 appearances and recorded 44 stops (24), two sacks and three passes defensed in his lone season with the Colts.

McDonald enters his ninth season in the NFL, having spent the last four seasons (2014-17) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McDonald also played three seasons (2011-13) with the Seattle Seahawks after originally being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Over his eight seasons, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 97 contests and made 36 starts, tallying 240 tackles (157), 19 sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed and five fumble recoveries. His postseason totals include five games played with one start, totaling five tackles and two fumble recoveries. Last season, McDonald made three starts, compiling 29 stops (18), five sacks and one pass defensed. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed DT Justin Ellis on the Reserve/Injured List.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire Seventh-Round Draft Pick, Trade Luani

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a seventh-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft via a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the club announced Saturday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the Seahawks’ seventh-round selection in 2019 in exchange for S Shalom Luani.

Luani was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now in his second year, Luani appeared in all 16 contests as a rookie for the Silver and Black and made one start. The 6-foot, 202-pound safety has recorded 19 tackles (12 solo) and two passes defensed as a pro.

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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 DT Ahtyba Rubin And DT Frostee Rucker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Ahtyba Rubin and DT Frostee Rucker, the club announced Tuesday.

Rubin was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. After spending his first seven seasons (2008-14) with the Browns, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder had stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2015-16) and most recently with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Over his 10-year career, Rubin has appeared in 144 games and made 107 starts, while recording 428 tackles (264 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In five postseason appearances, he has tallied 16 stops (nine), two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Rucker spent the first six years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Following his tenure with the Bengals, Rucker made stops with the Cleveland Browns (2012) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-17). Over his 12-year career, the 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 142 games with 73 starts, recording 350 tackles (212), 21.5 sacks, one interception, 12 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In five postseason contests, Rucker has made four starts and posted 12 stops (five).

In two corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived QB Christian Hackenberg and LB Brady Sheldon.

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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 Acquire Fifth-Round Selection, Trade Olawale

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a fifth-round selection (173rd overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft via a trade with the Dallas Cowboys, the club announced Tuesday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the 173rd overall selection (a Dallas compensatory pick) in the 2018 Draft in exchange for FB/RB Jamize Olawale and Oakland’s selection in the sixth round (192nd overall). The 192nd overall selection originally belonged to the Seattle Seahawks and was acquired by the Raiders as part of the trade for Marshawn Lynch on April 26, 2017.

Olawale joined the Raiders in 2012 and has played in 77 games for the club over the last six seasons. For his career, he has totaled 55 rushing attempts for 206 yards with four touchdowns, and 39 receptions for 425 yards and three touchdowns.

Additionally, the Raiders have waived LS Bradley Northnagel.

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