The Raiders signed running back Kory Sheets on Wednesday, locking down a player who excelled in Canadian football but never gained traction in the NFL.
While Sheets is currently the only experienced tailback on the roster, the Raiders are expected to re-sign Rashad Jennings as their primary tailback. Sheets will fight for a spot as a complimentary rusher with 2013 sixth-round draft pick Latavius Murray and whomever else the Raiders sign this offseason.
Sheets played well for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in 2012 and 2013, and is the reigning Grey Cup MVP. He was on the Carolina Panthers practice squad in 2011, and his only career rush came in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins. He was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent.
Sheets worked out with the Raiders on Jan. 28, but left the team facility without a signed contract. Later in the day, he sent these two tweets:
Hungry not stupid.— Kory #1Time Sheets (@Sheets24K) January 28, 2014
Sign for free naw— Kory #1Time Sheets (@Sheets24K) January 28, 2014
Sheets clearly had a change of heart over the last few weeks, and decided to ink a deal with the Raiders.
Considering he's never panned out in the NFL, Sheets will have to earn his way on to the 53-man roster.