Raiders Sign Three Free Agents


WR Rahsaan Vaughn. AP Photo.

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents WR David Gilreath, K/P Michael Palardy and WR Rahsaan Vaughn, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Thursday.

Gilreath (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) signs with the Raiders following stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts. He has appeared in three career games, playing primarily on special teams. His career totals include one rush for seven yards and two punt returns for eight yards. The New Hope, Minn., native originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of Wisconsin, where he set Big Ten records for kickoff returns (135) and kickoff return yards (3,025).

Palardy (5-foot-11, 191 pounds) joins Oakland as an undrafted free agent from the University of Tennessee. The left-footed kicker appeared in 46 games over four seasons for the Volunteers, seeing action at kicker and punter. As a kicker, Palardy connected on 37-of-50 (74.0 percent) field goal attempts and 109-of-115 (94.8 percent) extra-point attempts for 220 points. As a punter, Palardy totaled 117 punts for 5,024 yards (42.9 avg.) with 50 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The Coral Springs, Fla., native also posted 224 kickoffs for 13,843 yards and 50 touchbacks.

Vaughn (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) signs with the Raiders as a free agent. He originally signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon in August 2013 before being waived by the team at the end of camp and re-signed to the practice squad in September. He was later released from the practice squad that month. The Oakland, Calif., native appeared in 26 games over two seasons with the Ducks, posting 21 receptions for 259 yards. Prior to his tenure at Oregon, he played locally at the College of San Mateo, earning first-team All-American honors as a sophomore.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Jared Green, WR Noel Grigsby and P Daniel Zychlinski.  

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