Raiders officially sign trio of free agents

12 JAN 2015: John Crockett of North Dakota State during the East-West Shrine Game practice for the West squad at St. Pete High School in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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The Oakland Raiders have become just the latest franchise from around the league to add to their 90-man roster. With the 2017 NFL offseason now in full swing, the Raiders officially signed three players to free-agent contracts on Friday afternoon.

The AFC West franchise has announced that it has signed running back John Crockett, offensive lineman Kareem Are and linebacker Brady Sheldon. While Crockett is perhaps the most notable name on the aforementioned list due to his collegiate playing days at North Dakota State, Are and Sheldon played their collegiate football at Florida State and Ferris State, respectively.

Crockett was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent back in May 2015. The 25-year-old running back then spent the entire 2016-17 campaign on the Packers’ reserve/injured list. He did appear in two games as a rookie in 2015-16 while ultimately registering nine carries for 21 rushing yards. At North Dakota State, Crockett made 17 starts en route to compiling 5,151 career all-purpose yards, a mark that serves as the second-highest total in school history.

However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not Crockett ultimately sticks in Oakland as the Raiders appear to be all set at the running back position as it stands today. Earlier in the offseason, the Raiders notably acquired formerly retired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to Lynch, the franchise also has Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington — among several others — in the offensive backfield.

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