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NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

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NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

A familiar face will join Antonio Brown in the Raiders' locker room, as their quarterback room just got more crowded. 

The Raiders signed former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Jones played with Brown in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2017. On Nov. 8, 2015, Jones and Brown even connected on a game-winning drive against the Raiders.  

Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, is one of four QBs on the Raiders roster. Last week, the Silver and Black signed Mike Glennon just over a week after cutting 2018 backup AJ McCarron. The Raiders say they're all-in on starter Derek Carr, but have meetings scheduled with some of the NFL draft's top quarterback prospects. 

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Still, it's worth noting that the Raiders only kept two QBs on the active roster last season. Nathan Peterman spent time on the practice squad down the stretch, and he signed a reserve-futures contract with the team in January. 

In other words, Carr figures to be the only lock to make the roster in 2019. If the Raiders draft another quarterback, it's possible the Jones/Glennon/Peterman era ends rather quickly. 

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

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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.

Source: 49ers not interested in Glennon

Source: 49ers not interested in Glennon

Mike Glennon might attract a large contract from some quarterback-needy team, but a league source said Tuesday morning it will not be from the 49ers.

The 49ers have no interest in signing Glennon to take over as quarterback, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers had been reported as one of the teams that might pursue the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback.

Glennon, 27, has attempted just 11 passes the past two seasons as Jameis Winston’s backup. In 2013 and ’14, he started 18 games. The Buccaneers were 5-13 in those games. Tampa Bay selected Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

In his career, Glennon has completed 59.4 of his 374 pass attempts for 4,100 yards with 30 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 84.6.

The 52-hour open-negotiating period began for scheduled free agents on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Teams are allowed to enter into negotiations with the agents of free agents, but contracts are not allowed to be signed until Thursday at 1 p.m.

The 49ers do not have any quarterbacks under contract for the 2017 season. Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, along with Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis.