According to Mike Florio, the Raiders have signed defensive tackle Jay Alford. While the transaction is, as of yet, nowhere to be found on the Raiders’ official website , it is being reported by various media outlets including a post on Bay Area beat writer Jerry McDonald’s blog.
Alford, a former third round pick from Penn State, was recently released from the New York Giants where he infamously sacked Tom Brady to secure a Super Bowl victory. Most of the early speculation is that Mike Waufle, who was Alford’s position coach in NY, put in the good word to get his former student a new gig.
What is still yet unknown is how this will affect the 53-man roster. Since Alford was claimed on waivers he is guaranteed to be placed on the active roster meaning somebody has got to go (cough…cough…Travis Goethel). After a few days of roster uncertainty in Oakland, this newest addition will continue the busy personnel movement set in motion by the league mandated final cut down on Saturday.
Desmond Bryant returned to the practice field on Monday but perhaps his ailing elbow is still a concern.
Ultimately, giving John Marshall more help in the front seven is a good thing. Alford played in every game of the first two seasons of his career, missing all of 2009 with a knee injury.