Raiders sign veteran CB Lito Sheppard

October 31, 2011, 8:11 pm
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That player out on the Raiders practice field on Halloween dressed up in Nnamdi Asomugha's No. 21 (or, if you prefer, Cliff Branch's number)?Turns out it is the most recent Raider to wear the digits -- veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard, who was with Oakland at the tail end of training camp. The Raiders announced his signing after their first post-bye practice began on Monday.And because the Raiders cut placekicker Dave Rayner last week, thus opening up a roster spot, the team did not have to make a corresponding roster move to add Sheppard.
Sheppard, 30, was drafted in the first round by Philadelphia in 2002 out of Florida. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and was All-Pro in 2004 with five interceptions, and two returned for touchdowns. He has 19 interceptions in his career, though only two since 2007.The Raiders will be his fourth team in as many years, along with the Eagles, New York Jets and Minnesota.