Late Thursday night, the Oakland Raiders reached contracutal agreements with rookie linebacker Travis Goethel and defensive back Jeremy Ware.
Best bet for Goethel making the roster would be as a special teams contributor. As for Ware, well, he’s got his work cut out for him in attempting to make a team that is far from thin on talent in the defensive secondary. More than likely these two will be fighting for a practice squad spot. But even that will be an uphill battle with the likes of David Nixon and Jerome Boyd ahead of them.
Considering the Raiders made headlines one year ago for cutting 6th round pick Stryker Sulak after OTA’s, both Ware and Goethel – 6th and 7th round picks respectively – should consider themselves lucky.
Ware has good size and speed while Goethel brings some versatility to the table in his ability to play both inside and outside linebacker.