Yesterday reports surfaced that the Raiders locked down their third round pick (66th overall) Sio Moore to a rookie contract. Well today the details were confirmed and the Connecticut linebacker will be holding it down in the Bay Area for at least the next four years.
Moore’s Four Year, $3.054 million dollar contract was hammered out on the final day of minicamp as Moore concluded a month and a half spent at the Raiders facility after rookie minicamp, OTAs and this weeks three day minicamp. The All-Big East and All-American Sleeper Team selected Moore has been tapped to be the future of the Raiders at outside linebacker and was one of the best steals of the third round at the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 6-1, 240 pound linebacker was the 66th overall selection in April’s. In 31 starts at Connecticut, Moore garnered first-team All-Big East Conference honors twice as a junior and a senior this past season as well as being named to the All American Sleeper Team this year. In 2012, Moore ranked fourth on the team with 72 tackles (45 solo) and was named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker and was one of the better sleeper picks in the third round of this year’s draft.
He has been lining up as the team’s starting weakside linebacker thus far at Raiders minicamp and is expected to start there right away as a rookie as McKenzie has him tapped as one of the Raiders defensive players of the future. Locking him up for four years only further confirms that as the Raiders are high on a player that might have been drafted much higher if he didn’t play in the weak Big East during his college career.
The Raiders now are left with three picks yet to be signed-First round pick D.J. Hayden at cornerback, second round pick OT Menelik Watson, and fourth round pick QB Tyler Wilson.