Heading into the start of the preseason Reggie McKenzie is slowly but surely resigning upcoming free agents to extensions. After signing franchise kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a deal that will see him play the rest of his prime in Oakland, McKenzie locked up Janikowski’s longsnapper Jon Condo to a three year extension.
The Raiders tweeted a picture of Condo signing the deal, locking up one of the most consistent longsnappers in the game, something that will surely make Janikowski happy as the two will continue their partnership when Oakland needs to call in the special teams this year.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 4, 2013
Condo, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has handled long-snapping duties in each of the past six seasons for the Raiders.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Condo has played in 99 career game, 96 of those with the Silver and Black. In six seasons in Oakland, Condo has played a critical role in the team’s kicking game, which has featured two of the top specialists in the NFL in SeaBass and now Houston Texan Shane Lechler.
Condo earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2009 in 2011, joining Janikowski and Lechler on the AFC squad.
Condo entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, playing in three games as a rookie. He was then in training camp with the New England Patriots the following season, and was signed to the Raiders’ practice squad in 2006 where he got his big break.
Condo is a long serving Raider and has great timing with Janikowski so there was little doubt that he would return, he will be working with new holders this training camp with the absence of Lechler. There have been little reports of any growing pains in Condo’s game and his resigning adds to the pile of good moves Reggie McKenzie has made this offseason as he builds Oakland for the future at the same time as keeping and bringing in the right veterans to lead in the locker room. A consistent longsnapper like Condo is more valuable than fans may give credit, locking him up is huge for the Raiders and only made sense with SeaBass’ extension.