In an attempt to shed some injured non-contributing players, the Oakland Raiders have signed two new players to their roster. General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced the signings of both LB Spencer Hadley and S Larry Asante on Wednesday, August 6th. In order to make room for these two players, the Raiders have released LB Marshal McFadden and S Shelton Johnson. Both McFadden and Johnson were on the injured players list, and they have not been contributing in practice.
LB Spencer Hadley is an undrafted rookie free agent out of BYU. He was originally with the New Orleans Saints early this year, but he is now wearing Silver and Black. At 6′ 1″ and 227 pounds, Hadley will attempt to unseat one of the LB’s already on the depth chart for Oakland.
S Larry Asante was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played his college ball at Nebraska, and spent his time with the Browns on their practice squad. Asante was signed by the Tampa Bay Bucs after a season-ending injury to starting rookie FS Cody Grimm. He appeared in the final two games of the 2010 season, recording an interception against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Asante spent the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts. Asante is 6′ 0″ and 212 pounds. He has recorded 16 tackles and 1 interception in the NFL.
Both these players will have to show a lot in order to unseat the players in their categories, but I’m glad to see McKenzie cutting away the dead weight that’s on the injured list.