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Oakland Raiders Sign TE Derek Carrier

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentTE Derek Carrier, the club announced Thursday.

Carrier, 27, was a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, playing in 14 games with three starts and tallying eight receptions for 71 yards (8.9 avg.).

The 6-foot-4, 244-pounder originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and has since made stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins and Rams.

In 50 career games with 16 starts, Carrier has totaled 36 receptions for 327 yards (9.1 avg.) and one touchdown, while also adding three kickoff returns for 41 yards.

Carrier attended Beloit College (Wis.), where he earned All-Midwest Conference honors twice and was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Private College Player of the Year in 2011. In 39 games with the Buccaneers, the Edgerton, Wis., native set school records in receptions (189), receiving yards (3,111) and receiving touchdowns (29).

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB David Amerson To Four-Year Contract Extension

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed CB David Amerson to a four-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.

Amerson joined the Raiders in September 2015 via a waiver claim from the Washington Redskins, where he played from 2013-15. In 14 games for the Silver and Black last year, he set a single-season franchise record with 26 passes defensed to go along with career highs in tackles (62) and interceptions (four). Amerson also set a single-game franchise record when he posted six passes defensed in the team’s victory over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 29, and added his second career touchdown when he returned an interception 24 yards for the score in the season finale at Kansas City.

For his career, the 6-1, 205-pounder has played in 47 games with 35 starts, totaling 170 tackles (148 solo), six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 44 passes defensed and one forced fumble in three seasons with the Redskins and Raiders.

The Greensboro, N.C., native was originally drafted by Washington in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Amerson played in 39 games over three seasons at North Carolina State from 2010-12, where he totaled 18 career interceptions, tied for third on the ACC’s all-time list.

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Oakland Raiders Claim CB David Amerson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed CB David Amerson via waivers from the Washington Redskins, the club announced Tuesday.

Amerson was originally drafted by the Redskins in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 33 games over three seasons (2013-15) with Washington, totaling 110 tackles (93 solo), two interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder started all 15 games he played in and posted a career high with 61 tackles. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games and recorded two interceptions.

Amerson played in 39 games over three seasons at North Carolina State from 2010-12, where he totaled 18 career interceptions, tied for third on the ACC’s all-time list.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived S Tevin McDonald.

The Raiders have also signed RB Rajion Neal to the practice and released RB George Atkinson III from the practice squad.

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Raiders Sign Veteran LB Lorenzo Alexander

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Lorenzo Alexander, the club announced Wednesday.

Alexander is entering his ninth NFL season, following stints with the Washington Redskins (2006-12) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-14), and practice squad stops with the Carolina Panthers (2005) and Baltimore Ravens (2006). For his career, Alexander has totaled 111 games played with 16 starts, 154 tackles (95 solo), nine sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six passes defensed. A standout special teams performer, he has also recorded 94 special teams stops over his career.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder was voted as the NFC’s special teams representative for the Pro Bowl after he posted 31 special teams tackles in 2012. On defense that season, Alexander added a career-high 2.5 sacks and 26 tackles (17 solo).

Off the field, Alexander was named the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee twice (2010-11) during his tenure with the team. He was also named as the recipient of Washington’s Media Good Guy Award in both 2011 and 2012.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., Alexander attended California, where he was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection as a defensive lineman.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived LB Horace Miller.

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The Oakland Raiders Sign Former Washington Redskins Running Back Roy Helu Jr.

March 11, 2015 4:06 PM PT

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent Running Back  Roy Helu, Jr., the club announced Wednesday.

Helu, Jr. has spent the previous four seasons with the Washington Redskins. He appeared in 48 games with five starts over his tenure with Washington, rushing for 1,132 yards on 255 carries (4.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. Proving a versatile pass catcher out of the backfield, Helu, Jr. has added 1,152 receiving yards on 129 receptions (8.9 avg.) and three touchdowns. Since 2011, his 8.9 yards per catch rank seventh in the NFL amongst all running backs.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2011, rushing for 640 yards and adding another 379 receiving yards. For his efforts, he was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team. Last season, Helu, Jr. set a career high with 477 receiving yards, an 11.4 receiving average and two receiving touchdowns. He led all Washington running backs in receiving yards in 2011 and 2013-14.

A native of nearby Danville, California, Helu, Jr. was originally selected by the Redskins in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. He played in 48 career games for the Cornhuskers from 2007-10, making 28 starts and totaling 578 rushes for 3,404 rushing yards (5.9 avg.) and 28 touchdowns. He attended San Ramon Valley High School in nearby Danville, Calif., where he earned All-East Bay League honors in each of his final two seasons.

Roy Helu signed a 2 year / $4,000,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including an annual average salary of $2,000,000.

The Oakland Raiders Conference Call Q & A

Q: How appealing is it to come back home to play in the Bay Area?

Helu Jr.: “It’s appealing, it’s very appealing. We were just visiting here a week ago, almost exactly, and there’s the weather that is totally different. We don’t get snow here in the Bay Area like we did in Washington, so that’s a big attraction. But it’s appealing, really, just to return to familiarity, and with my family being in close proximity, their support and their support of my family with my wife and our kids. There was a lot of appeal to come back.”

Q: Did you talk to Jack Del Rio or Bill Musgrave about how you can contribute here?

Helu Jr.: “Yeah, not so much into all those details, but more so into the offense that will be run, the vision, and I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself again and landing here was another, I consider, a very unique opportunity. Coach Musgrave has an offensive background that seems to blend with a couple [styles] like a traditional offense and some spread. It was pretty appealing and it will be interesting to see how everything comes together once we get the team together here.”

Q: When you get drafted by a team run by Mike Shanahan, people tend to see you as a zone runner, yet the Raiders are talking about running a power scheme. How do you think your skillset fits into that?

Helu Jr.: “I’m attracted to a gap scheme as well. There is something that was really exciting about a power scheme whenever we would really run it out in Washington, whether it be from the gun or whether it be under center. That matched my ability and passion for running with patience, and what happens is when you run in a wide zone scheme, because the tempo is so fast, you really have to readjust what patience looks like. So I think whatever we will go to, but primarily if it’s gap or zone, zone I’ll be familiar with and gap, I have a desire to run as well.”

Q: You seemed to blossom as a pass receiver last year. Is that something you’ve been refining since you got in the league?

Helu Jr.: “Yeah, God blessed me with that skillset of good hand-eye coordinator. So that’s really planned out since I’ve been in high school by Coach Dave Kravitz, who has seen them all and identified that – he and my dad primarily when I was in sophomore in high school. A lot of my tape that was sent out had to do with the passing game and the screen game, which landed me at Nebraska. But I wasn’t nearly as good, to make it simple, as a pass receiver until I started really refining and sharpening my hands and my eyes, my hand-eye coordination, within these last couple years.”

Q: Coming to a team without a winning season since 2002, all of the free agents we have talked to have discussed the positive vibe around the building. What is it about what you are hearing from the coaches that makes you think you’re going to be a part of turning something around here?

Helu Jr.: “They are sold into turning this around as if it’s been their life goal and vision to actually have this opportunity to do so. I don’t know if many coaches are ambitious to get the job in Oakland, because of what you just said – since 2002. But I guess for me, what was glaring, as I already mentioned, was just the passion that they have for the vision that they have. Honestly, what I have bought into and I believe to be true is that what is going to make a difference is this offensive scheme that we’re going to be a part of. And that’s what – when I talked on the phone with coach Musgrave, our offensive coordinator – when he talked to me about some of the things that we’re going to do here in Oakland offensively and especially with Derek Carr and how that fits his skillset, I was in. I was pretty sold on it. So it’s not just, ‘Hey, we’re coming in to a situation where it’s been a losing culture, tradition, et cetera, and we’re going to continue with doing these certain things that have been here.’ I think the offense that’s going to be established here will be something that I guess has not been seen much prior to their arrival, if that all makes sense.”

Q: There is talk the Raiders might be in the mix for running back DeMarco Murray, somebody you’ve seen a couple of times a year. As a running back, would you welcome bringing another great running back in?

Helu Jr.: “Yes, and I say that confidently, because first off, I enjoy competition and I know that bringing DeMarco here will bring everybody’s game up in our running back group. Secondly, I don’t think there is any hindrance in bringing any very good player into an organization, especially where you want to start winning. So those two coupled together, I have no problem with other players being brought in. Obviously, I want to be a contributor to the offense and that’s my passion and my desire, but I’m not making the judgment calls on all those, and I’m content with that.”