ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DE Jeremiah Valoaga via waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced Tuesday.
Originally a 2017 undrafted free agent, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive end signed with the Detroit Lions as a rookie out of UNLV. Over his first three seasons, Valoaga has appeared in 13 contests between the Lions and 49ers, while also spending the 2018 campaign on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad. His career totals include seven tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.
A native of Oxnard, Calif., Valoaga totaled 87 tackles, 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and seven pass defenses during his time (2012-16) with the Rebels.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB Nick Nelson on the Reserve/Injured List, who was promoted to the active roster ahead of Week 15 and appeared in each of the last two contests on the special teams unit.