Raiders sign TE Derek Car­rier to 3-year deal

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ALAMEDA (AP) — The Oak­land Raiders have agreed to a three-year con­tract with free agent tight end Derek Car­rier.

A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal says the sides agreed on Tues­day. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause sign­ings can’t be­come of­fi­cial un­til the start of the new league year on Wed­nes­day. NFL

Net­work first re­ported the deal.

Car­rier orig­i­nally signed with the Raiders as an un­drafted free agent in

2012 but didn’t make the team. He has played 50 ca­reer games over five sea­sons with San Fran­cisco, Wash­ing­ton and the Rams. Car­rier played for Raiders coach Jon Gru­den’s brother, Jay, in Wash­ing­ton and

his pro­tege, Sean McVay, with the Rams.

Car­rier has 36 catches for 327 yards and one TD in his ca­reer. He caught eight passes for 71 yards last sea­son.

The Raiders have sev­eral ma­jor holes they will look to fill in free agency start­ing this week as they try to

re­bound from a dis­ap­point­ing six-win sea­son that led to the fir­ing of coach Jack Del Rio and the move to bring Gru­den back for a sec­ond stint as coach.

The most glar­ing spots for the Raiders are on de­fense, where Oak­land will be seek­ing a start­ing cor­ner­back to pair with last year’s first-round pick Gareon Con­ley. They must also de­cide whether to bring back mid­dle line­backer

Na­Vorro Bowman as a free agent or find a re­place­ment else­where, and they need to up­grade the pass rush, es­pe­cially at de­fen­sive tackle.

The Raiders also will likely be in the mar­ket for a re­ceiver, a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for re­leased for­mer start­ing right tackle Mar­shall Ne­w­house, and a run­ning back if they de­cide not to bring Mar­shawn Lynch back for a sec­ond sea­son.

Car­rier

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