December 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marcel Reece (45) looks to elude Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) in the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Ink FB-Marcel Reece to a Contract Extension

A lot of Raider Nation was wondering about the future of Marcel Reece within the Oakland Raiders organization.  Well folks, the Raiders answered the question by signing Marcel Reece to a contract extension today.  Reggie McKenzie announced that the Pro-Bowl fullback who is now in his sixth season with the Raiders will remain in the Silver and Black for at least 3 years more.

Reece has been a constant positive for the Raiders organization, and this is a very smart move by the Raiders management.  Reece is a great player, and the Raiders need great players to evolve into a winning organization again.  Not only is Reece a key veteran to have in the huddle, but he is a leader in the locker room as well.  His hard work and passion for the game of football is something that any player would want to emulate.

Reece, a graduate of the University of Washington, was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins in the off-season of 2008, but things didn’t work out for him there.  He joined the Raiders prior to the start of the 2008 regular season.  He was signed to the Raiders practice squad, and he remained there for just under two seasons.  He made his debut at the end of the 2009 season, and he has been a permanent fixture since.  Since 2008, Reece has appeared in 47 games with 31 starts.  He has totaled 106 rushes for 505 yards and 107 receptions for 1,159 yards.  Not bad for a fullback who’s primary mission on the offense has been to block for Darren McFadden.

The 6-foot-1, 255-pound Reece earned his first Pro Bowl selection following the 2012 campaign, when he posted 271 rushing yards and 496 receiving yards from his fullback position. Reece’s 52 receptions last season were second on the team, and his 9.5 yards per catch were tops among backs in the NFL.  When asked about his contract extension Reece stated, “It’s another step to my goal – being a Raider for life.  I plan on playing for as long as God will allow me to.  If it’s for a lot longer, I want it all to be with the Raiders.  Al Davis believed in me more than I did myself at times, and it meant a lot to me.  I take it to heart and I take it seriously.  Mark Davis has loved me the same.  I love the organization and I love the Raiders family.  I plan on being a Raider for life.”

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