A day after signing a second placekicker, the Raiders announced the signing of a third long snapper in free agent Nick Guess who will join Pro Bowler Jon Condo and undrafted rookie free agent Adam Steiner.
Guess was signed by the Raiders after Week 1 last season, when Condo suffered a concussion in the season-opening loss to San Diego and the Raiders' long-snapping suffered mightily. Linebacker Travis Goethel, who had not long-snapped since high school, rolled two snaps to punter Shane Lechler and a third was blocked in the Raiders' eventual 22-14 loss on Sept. 10.
After being signed to the Raiders' practice squad on Sept. 12 -- he won a six-man competition with Bryce Davis, Kyle Nelson, Travis Tripucka, Ryan Pontbrian and Ryan Senser -- Guess was signed to the active roster three days later.
"I was definitely thinking about getting a call, absolutely, because the Redskins snapper broke his arm and then this happened to Jon," Guess said at the time. "I was definitely hoping to get a phone call.
"I’m a rookie, so I don’t know how this process works. After I saw the hit, I just felt bad for Jon because I know it was just like a freak accident."
He was inactive, though, for Oakland's Week 2 game at Miami as Condo was cleared to play, and Guess was waived on Sept. 16.
Guess, who is 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, originally joined the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent after playing four years at Tennessee, the same alma mater as Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
"There’s so much time that goes into making everything that perfect rep so you get that perfect punt off every time," Guess said in September. "It’s tough to snap the ball and then make the block and get the right guy."
With the signing of Guess, the Raiders now have 87 players on their 90-man offseason roster and begin a three-day rookie minicamp in Alameda on May 10.
Condo, by the way, is entering the final year of his contract and is due to make a base salary of $1.2 million, with a salary cap number of more than $1.3 million.