Free Agent Facts: Get to know the latest additions to the Raiders

With the new league year underway, the Las Vegas Raiders have been making multiple roster additions through free agency.

Follow along with all the moves with Raiders.com's Free Agent Tracker and get to know the Silver and Black's latest free agent acquisitions below.

DT Kyle Peko

  • Peko began his career with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He's also made stops with the Titans, Colts and Bills.
  • Over his five year career, he has played in 21 games with three starts, recording 23 tackles and two sacks.
  • He is the younger cousin of NFL nose tackle Domata Peko, and both played together as teammates on the Broncos in 2017.

WR Demarcus Robinson

  • A fourth-round pick of the 2016 Draft, Robinson has spent his first six seasons in the league with the Kansas City Chiefs, totaling 145 catches for 1,679 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
  • The receiver played three seasons at the University of Florida, where in his sophomore season, he ranked fifth in the SEC in receptions (53) and receiving yards (810).
  • Football runs in his family, as his uncle is former NFL wide receiver Marcus Robinson.

TE Jacob Hollister

  • Hollister joins the Silver and Black after stints with the Jaguars, Seahawks, Bills and Patriots. He has totaled 707 career receiving yards on 83 receptions with seven touchdowns.
  • The tight end played three seasons at the University of Wyoming, where he was a team captain and played with current Bills QB Josh Allen.
  • His twin brother, Cody, is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans. The brothers entered the league at the same time with the same team when the Patriots signed both as undrafted free agents in 2017.

LB Kyler Fackrell

  • A six-year vet, Fackrell was a third-round draft pick by the Packers in 2015, and after four seasons in Green Bay, went on to spend a season with both the Giants and Chargers.
  • Fackrell had a career-high season in 2018 when now-Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham was his linebackers coach in Green Bay. The linebacker totaled 10.5 sacks, 52 tackles and 37 solo tackles. He played under Graham again – this time with the Giants – in the 2020 season.
  • Fackrell played four seasons at Utah State, where he set a single-season school record with 12 quarterback hurries as a senior.

LB Micah Kiser

  • Kiser comes to the Raiders after spending time with the Denver Broncos in 2021 and the Rams from 2018-2021. Over his career, he has played in 36 games with 11 starts, recording 94 tackles and has been heavily relied on as a special teams contributor.
  • A product of the University of Virginia, Kiser finished his collegiate career as No. 5 all-time at UVA with 411 career tackles.
  • In 2017 as a senior, Kiser was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy – also known as the "Academic Heisman" – for his stellar combination of academic, off-the-field service and on-the-field performance.

QB Garrett Gilbert

  • Originally drafted by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft, Gilbert has landed with multiple teams over the years including the Panthers, Browns, Cowboys and most recently, the Washington Commanders – where he started one game in the 2021 season.
  • This is the quarterback's second stint with the Raiders, as he spent the 2015 season on the Silver and Black's practice squad.
  • Gilbert's father, Gale, was also an NFL quarterback. He played eight seasons as a backup for the Seahawks, Bills and Chargers.

RB Ameer Abdullah

  • Abdullah was a second-round pick by the Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft, and has made stops at the Vikings and Panthers across his nine years in the league. Over that span, he has accumulated 409 career carries for 1,574 yards with six rushing touchdowns.
  • The running back showed out in his rookie year on special teams in Detroit. As a kick returner, he returned 37 kickoffs for 1,077 yards (29.1 yards per return), earning the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award from his teammates.
  • Abdullah is the youngest of nine kids from Homewood, Alabama, with two brothers and six sisters.

CB Anthony Averett

  • Averett was originally drafted out of Alabama by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and has spent the past four seasons with Baltimore.
  • His breakout season came in 2021, where he started all 14 games he played in. Averett totaled 54 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions last season.
  • Along with playing football in high school, Averett was a track star, which showed years later when he was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in 2018. He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash, which ranked sixth among defensive backs.

DT Bilal Nichols

  • A fifth-round pick in the 2018 Draft, Nichols has spent the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears, playing in 60 games (49 starts). Over that span, he accumulated 146 tackles, 11 sacks, 31 QB hits, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception.
  • The 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle shares an alma mater with legendary Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon – both were Blue Hens at the University of Delaware. Nichols served as a team co-captain, was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and was the first Blue Hen since 2015 to earn a spot at the Combine.
  • He was named to ESPN's All-Rookie Team for his impact during the 2018 season – 28 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, seven QB hits, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

WR Mack Hollins

  • Hollins entered the league as a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 Draft, and was later traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2019 after spending the previous season on Injured Reserve.
  • Over the course of his career, Hollins has accumulated 750 receiving yards and six touchdowns – his best season coming in 2021 with 223 receiving yards and a career-high four TDs.
  • The receiver joined the UNC football team as a walk-on in 2013 and finished his collegiate career as one of the top receivers in the school's history, setting a career record for yards per reception (20.6 avg).

CB Darius Phillips

  • Phillips has spent the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2018 Draft out of Western Michigan.
  • His special teams talents have shown since college, where he set an FBS career record with 12 total returns for touchdowns. He also tied a FBS record with a career total five pick-sixes.
  • Over four seasons with the Bengals, Phillips played in 47 games (10 starts) totaling 73 tackles, five interceptions, 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

FB Jakob Johnson

  • Johnson started his college career at Tennessee as a linebacker before transitioning to tight end, appearing in 47 games over four seasons.
  • The 6-foot-3, 255-pound player was born and raised in Germany and after college, returned to play a season of professional football in Stuttgart. He worked his way to the NFL through the league's International Pathway Program, switching positions from tight end to fullback and climbing from the Patriots practice squad to 53-man roster.
  • In 2020, he became the first player from the International Player Pathway Program to score an NFL touchdown.

OL Alex Bars

  • Bars has spent three seasons in the trenches for the Chicago Bears after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2019.
  • He made his first career start in 2020 at center. The 6-foot-5, 334-pound O-lineman's versatility has been on display while with the Bears as he has started at center, left guard and right guard.
  • That versatility began in college at Notre Dame – his junior year, he started every game at right tackle before starting at left guard during his senior season for the Fighting Irish.

RB Brandon Bolden

  • Now entering his 10th NFL season, Bolden began his career as as a rookie free agent with the New England Patriots, where he played until 2017. After one season with the Miami Dolphins, he returned to the Patriots in 2019.
  • His grandfather, Frank Pitts, played wide receiver for the Raiders in the 1974 season, after six years in Kansas City and three in Cleveland.
  • The running back finished his college career at Mississippi ranked second in school in history in total touchdowns (33) and rushing touchdowns (27), third in all-purpose yards (3,681) and fourth in rushing yards (2,604).

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