NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB James Butler, the club announced Sunday.
Butler returns to the Raiders after spending a portion of his rookie season in 2018 on the team's practice squad. Butler was also with the team during this year's offseason program after signing as a reserve/future free agent this past January. Before playing professionally, he played one season at Iowa after transferring from Nevada, appearing in a total of 47 contests. Over his four-year career, he tallied 699 rushes for 3,712 yards and added 28 scores on the ground, while also registering 53 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns.
A native of Bloomingdale, Ill., Butler rushed 91 times for 396 yards and one touchdown as a senior for the Hawkeyes in 2017. With Nevada, he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention two times (2015-16) and earned the team's Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 2016.
In a corresponding move, the club has waived RB Chris Warren III.