Raiders sign an­other ex-Cow­boy

De­fen­sive tackle Ross is fourth for­mer Dal­las player to join in free agency

Times Standard (Eureka) - - WEATHER - By Jerry McDon­ald

De­fen­sive tackle Daniel Ross be­came the fourth for­mer Dal­las Cow­boy to join the Raiders when he agreed to terms Thurs­day.

Ross, 27, joins tight end Ja­son Wit­ten, de­fen­sive tackle Maliek Collins and safety Jeff Heath.

Ross, Collins and Heath all played de­fense in Dal­las un­der Rod Marinelli, who was de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and line coach for the Cowboys and joined the Raiders this off-sea­son as the de­fen­sive line coach.

The sign­ing was first re­ported on Twit­ter by Ross’ agent David Can­ter and con­firmed by a Raiders source.

In 13 games in 2018 and three games in 2017 for Dal­las, Ross (6-foot-4, 300) had 19 tack­les and two sacks. He was in­jured dur­ing train­ing camp with the Cowboys last sea­son, was placed on in­jured re­serve Aug. 31 and did not play.

The Raiders, who have pretty much ex­hausted their funds for free agency, have added seven de­fen­sive play­ers from out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion: Ross, Heath, Collins, lineback­ers Cory Lit­tle­ton and Nick Kwiatkoski, cor­ner­back Eli Ap­ple and de­fen­sive end Carl Nas­sib.

There are five new­com­ers on of­fense: quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota, tight end Ja­son Wit­ten, wide re­ceiver Nel­son Agholor, guard Erik Bush and tight end Nick O’Leary.

In ad­di­tion, the Raiders have signed two of their own free agents — run­ning back Rod Smith and line­backer/spe­cial teams player Kyle Wil­ber.

Ross be­gan his ca­reer in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League, join­ing the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos out of North­east Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He also played for the Sas­ketchewan Roughrid­ers and was in NFL camps with Hous­ton, Detroit and Kansas City be­fore making the team in Dal­las in 2017.

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