ALAMEDA -- The knee-jerk reaction to Chris Cooley getting released by Washington on Tuesday?The notion that the Raiders should be interested in the two-time Pro Bowl tight end. Especially with a relatively young an inexperienced trio of tight ends currently on the roster in Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry."We're going to look at anybody that comes available," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, "and I don't care what the position is. If we feel like a guy can make us better, then we're going to look at it. I wouldn't single out the tight end position."Part of the deal is when people come across the waiver wire or people get released from other teams, you're looking. So yeah, we'll look. We'll look at anybody."Cooley, 30, has had two of has past three seasons end early due to injury. But in the five seasons in which he's started all 16 games, he has averaged 70.8 receptions and five touchdowns. In his eight-year career Cooley has 428 receptions for 4,703 yards and 33 TDs.Myers, Gordon and Ausberry, meanwhile, have combined to catch 35 passes for 266 yards and no scores, with Myers accounting for 32 of those receptions and 250 of those receiving yards.So yeah, adding a Cooley would help the Raiders' tight end group in general and quarterback Carson Palmer in particular, but at the expense of which player, and would it make financial sense?
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Carr has yet to respond.
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) July 25, 2017