Raiders sign QB McGloin, return man Cribbs

Raiders sign QB McGloin, return man Cribbs
May 16, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Matt McGloin set single-season records in passing yards (3,266) and completions (270) for Penn State last year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Raiders made official Thursday what had hit the Twitterverse the day before -- they signed former Cleveland returner/receiver Josh Cribbs.

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Oakland also announced the signing of former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.

There had yet to be an announcement, though, on the reported signing of former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe.

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To make room on Oakland's full 90-man offseason roster, the Raiders waived linebacker Jerrell Harris and longsnapper Nick Guess. They would obviously have to make another roster move to make room for Kluwe.

The addition of Cribbs, a three-time Pro Bowler who has returned an NFL-record eight kickoffs for touchdowns, makes for a potentially intriguing camp battle between him and Jacoby Ford, who has returned four kicks for scores. Cribbs is coming off knee surgery for a torn meniscus while Ford, having missed last season with a Lisfranc injury, has yet to play a regular season game for the new regime. In fact, Ford has missed as many games in his three-year career due to injury as he has played in -- 24-24.

The McGloin signing, meanwhile, is interesting in that the Raiders already had four quarterbacks on the roster in presumptive starter Matt Flynn, who enters OTAs atop the depth chart, fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson, who impressed during the recently-concluded rookie camp, Terrelle Pryor, a fan favorite whose unique skill set makes him perhaps the most intriguing of all, and rookie Kyle Padron, who figured to merely be a camp arm.

McGloin, meanwhile, is coming off a season in which he set single-season records in passing yards (3,266) and completions (270) for Penn State and tied the Nittany Lions' season mark for touchdown passes (24). His career 46 touchdown passes set a school mark.