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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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LS Andrew DePaola

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentLS Andrew DePaola, the club announced Friday.

DePaola spent this past season as a member of the Chicago Bears after handling the long-snapping duties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-16. He has played in 64 games over his four-year career.

Originally entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers in 2012, DePaola earned the job as the team’s long snapper in 2014 and played in 48 games for Tampa Bay over the next three seasons, handling all long-snapping duties and recording eight special teams tackles.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder played in all 16 contests for Chicago, helping the Bears set a franchise record with a 47.0-yard gross punting average.

A native of Parkton, Md., DePaola played collegiately at Rutgers from 2005-09, appearing in 39 games over his career.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Doug Martin

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

Martin, 29, joins the Silver and Black for his seventh NFL season after spending the first six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2012 first-round draft pick (31st overall) is a two-time Pro Bowler (2012 and 2015) and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2015. He appeared in 68 games with 65 starts as a Buccaneer, totaling 4,633 rushing yards on 1,150 attempts (4.0 avg.) with 26 touchdowns. Additionally, Martin has recorded 130 receptions for 1,091 yards and scored twice.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound rusher exits Tampa Bay with the fourth-most rushing yards in club history, and his 11 100-yard games as a rusher are tied for second-most in club annals. Additionally, his 26 rushing scores rank third in franchise history.

Last season, Martin appeared in 11 games for the Buccaneers, making eight starts and posting 406 yards on 138 attempts, while adding nine receptions for 84 yards. He holds two of the club’s top-three single-season performances by a rusher, tallying 1,454 yards in 2012 and 1,402 yards in 2015.

A native of Stockton, Calif., Martin played in 51 games for Boise State from 2007-11, making 25 starts. Throughout his collegiate career, Martin notched 3,431 rushing yards on 617 carries (5.6 avg.) and added 43 touchdowns in addition to his 67 receptions for 715 yards (10.7 avg.) and four receiving scores. Selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in 2010, Martin was also named the Broncos’ Offense Most Valuable Player in 2011 in addition to a first-team All-Mountain West Conference honor.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign Left Tackle Donald Penn

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed T Donald Penn, the club announced Thursday.

Penn signed with the Raiders in March 2014 after eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the last two years, he has started all 32 games at left tackle for Oakland, extending his remarkable streak to 144 consecutive games played and 140 consecutive starts with the Raiders and Buccaneers. His 144 straight games played and 140 straight starts, both of which date back to 2007, are tied for second and third, respectively, among active NFL offensive linemen.

Last season, Penn was a key part of an offensive unit that produced four Pro Bowlers – QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper, RB Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece. Cooper became the first Raiders to reach 1,000 receiving yards since 2005 and Murray the first Raider to reach 1,000 rushing yards since 2010.

He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 before being signed off the practice squad by the Buccaneers later that season. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season.

The Inglewood, Calif., native attended Utah State, where he started 44 consecutive games at both tackle positions for the Aggies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Trindon Holliday, Waive/Injured Andre Debose

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR/RS Trindon Holliday, the club announced Wednesday. To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived/injured WR Andre Debose with an Achilles injury.

Holliday joins the Silver and Black after stints with the Houston Texans (2011-12), Denver Broncos (2012-13), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2014). He has appeared in 33 career games, totaling 82 punt returns for 769 yards (9.4 avg.) and 54 kickoff returns for 1,455 yards (26.9 avg.), with a total of four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). In four postseason appearances with Denver, the 5-foot-5, 170pounder has added 90 yards on three punt returns (30.0 avg.) with one score and 12 kickoff returns for 344 yards (28.7 avg.) with one touchdown.

Originally a sixth-round pick (197th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft, Holliday played four years (2006-09) at LSU, where he contributed at running back and led the SEC as a senior in punt return touchdowns (one) and average yards per punt return (18.1). With four career rushing touchdowns in college, Holliday also amassed four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). The Zachary, La., native also won the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-meter dash.

Press Release Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations