Tight end Gabe Holmes signed the contract tender offered to him as an exclusive rights free agent on Thursday. The 26-year old Purdue alum missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury, but is healthy again and will join a deep, talented position group that also includes Jared Cook, Lee Smith and Clive Walford.
Holmes spent most of his rookie year on the practice squad, though he was on the 53-man roster later in the 2015 season but never active. Standing 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Holmes has the size and athleticism to be a versatile, productive NFL tight end. He'll be in the mix trying to make next season's roster, and can certainly add value on special teams should the Raiders choose to keep four tight ends.
An exclusive rights free agent tender is offered to free agents with less than three years NFL experience. That player can't negotiate with other teams, and must sit out the year if they don't sign with the team offering the contract.
Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.
But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:
This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.
Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling.
"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."
Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.
So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:
This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month:
And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.
It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.