Raiders sign veteran defensive linemen


Raiders sign veteran defensive linemen

The Raiders added more veteran depth to their mix by signing a pair of defensive linemen.

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin has joined the Silver and Black, his agency announced on Monday afternoon.

Rubin isn't the only new guy coming to the Raiders. They also signed former Arizona defensive end Frostee Rucker, according to ESPN, a 13th-year pro who spent his first six seasons in Cincinnati while current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was on staff. 

Rucker is 6-foot-3, 284 pounds and will turn 35 in September. He has been a full-time start but four times, though he made 16 starts in 2017 .

Rubin stands 6-foot-2, 310 pounds and has 107 starts to his credit over 10 seasons. He will turn 32 in July.

Rubin is an interior defensive lineman known primarily as a nose tackle, will join a veteran mix that features several players over 30 years old, and has experience learning new systems.

Rubin played seven seasons with the Browns, two with the Seahawks and spent the 2017 regular season with Denver and Atlanta.

He has 15 sacks, two interceptions and six forced fumbles in his career. He’s known primarily for run defense, and could offer rotational depth inside behind Justin Ellis should he make the 53-man roster.

Rucker has never had more than five sacks in a season. He has 21 in his career, to go along with eight forced fumbles. 

Both guys will challenge for a spot in the defensive line rotation. 

The Raiders did not immediate announce either move, so the corresponding moves are not yet known.

NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract


NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract

The Raiders added one former Bengals defender earlier this week. They were not able to add another.

Safety George Iloka, who reportedly visited the Raiders earlier in the week, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The team announced the deal on Saturday.

The Raiders reunited linebacker Vontaze Burfict with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Tuesday, and tried to do the same with Iloka, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Missing out on Iloka isn't the worst thing in the world for the Raiders. They addressed the safety position over the last week with the additions of Lamarcus Joyner and Curtis Riley.

NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr


NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

The Raiders wanted an experienced backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, and got one Friday by signing Mike Glennon.

Now they hope he never plays. It’s still a vital role in meeting rooms and on-the-field, should an emergency arise on game day. Young bucks can get caught in the headlights. Veterans won’t be as good as the starter, but can generally function better being inserted into a game without many practice reps.

He has hopped into action during five seasons and has 22 starts, meaning he can handle short-relief or a stretch as the starter.

That calms some fan's nerves after the Raiders released AJ McCarron, who has already signed with the Houston Texans, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only non-Carr quarterback on the roster.

Glennon steps into the No. 2 slot having completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 5,107 yards and 35 touchdowns with 20 interceptions over five seasons.

Peterman is still with the Raiders on a futures contract, and is the No. 3 guy at the moment.

Many will look at the signing and wonder if it impacts the possibility of drafting a quarterback next month. It’s hard to rule anything out, but the disciplined choice would be to address the pass rush early and often in the 2019 NFL Draft, though a quarterback could get taken later in the selection process.

But…having Glennon on the roster won’t prohibit the Raiders from taking Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins. Would the Raiders eliminate the prospect of taking Quinnen Williams because interior pass rushers P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst were drafted last year? Absolutely not.

A edge rusher is the team’s most pressing need and must be addressed with quality and quantity before the season starts.

The Raiders don’t have to take a quarterback now in the draft, and adding Glennon takes the pressure off the demand to get another one down the line. Glennon should be viewed as a reliable backup who can step into service if Carr isn’t available.