Raiders sign Hankins and McDonald; place Ellis on IR


ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Johnathan Hankins and DT Clinton McDonald, the club announced Thursday.

Now in his sixth year in the NFL, Hankins joins the Silver and Black after a one-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts, having spent the previous four years (2013-16) with the New York Giants after being selected by the club in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Over his five-year career, the 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 67 contests and made 56 starts, compiling 184 tackles (113 solo), 12 sacks, seven passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Hankins has started in one postseason contest and recorded two tackles (one) and one sack. Last season, he started in all of his 15 appearances and recorded 44 stops (24), two sacks and three passes defensed in his lone season with the Colts.

McDonald enters his ninth season in the NFL, having spent the last four seasons (2014-17) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McDonald also played three seasons (2011-13) with the Seattle Seahawks after originally being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Over his eight seasons, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 97 contests and made 36 starts, tallying 240 tackles (157), 19 sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed and five fumble recoveries. His postseason totals include five games played with one start, totaling five tackles and two fumble recoveries. Last season, McDonald made three starts, compiling 29 stops (18), five sacks and one pass defensed.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed DT Justin Ellis on the Reserve/Injured List.

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