On Monday, September 2, the Oakland Raiders announced that they have added offensive tackle Tony Pashos. Pashos, who is entering his 10th NFL season, has appeared in 92 games (70 starts) over his career for the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns. He has also appeared in three postseason contests, starting all of them. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Pashos was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He started 47 games at the University of Illinois, where he was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
In order to make roster room for Pashos, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced that offensive tackle Alex Barron has been released. That’s right Raider Nation, they finally got rid of some of the dead weight that has been foraging along the offensive line for too long. This is a smart move by McKenzie and the Raiders, because they bring in a seasoned veteran offensive tackle to help Menelik Watson along in his development. Plus, Pashos wants to play football and not just collect a check. At the end of the day, it’s about who wants to play.
Along with the addition of Pashos to the 53-man roster, the Raiders announced four more additions to the practice squad (PS). Defensive back Chance Casey, safety Shelton Johnson, offensive tackle Matt McCants, and linebacker Marshall McFadden were added to the PS. Casey and Johnson were members of the Raiders 90-man and 75-man rosters before being released on Saturday, August 31.
McCants is a former sixth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2012, but he was signed to their practice squad for the remainder of the season. McCants played in 47 games with 42 starts over four seasons at Alabama Birmingham. Most of his time in college was spent playing the left tackle position.
McFadden was originally signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason roster in January of 2012. He was waived by the Steelers on August 31, 2012. Then, he was signed to the Steelers practice squad. On November 18, 2012, he was signed to the active roster to face the Baltimore Ravens. He saw action on special teams, and he recorded his first career tackle. He was not on an NFL roster in 2011, and he was signed as an undrafted free agent rookie in January of 2012. McFadden started in 49 games over his college career at South Carolina State (2005-2010). In college, he totaled more than 300 tackles, 30 for loss, 10 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.
This makes the second offensive line addition since the Raiders trimmed their roster to 53-players. It was definitely a position the Raiders had to shore up, and McKenzie is doing what needs to be done. I like the moves that he made. I especially like the fact that the Raiders were able to retain Chance Casey. I think Casey needs some time to develop at defensive back, but he will be a solid player as he matures. Now, the Raiders have one more slot available for a player on their practice squad. Many rumors have the Raiders adding quarterback Tyler Wilson to the practice squad. We’ll just have to wait and see.