The Raiders have announced they have signed fifth round compensatory pick Juron Criner. He comes in just under the wire to sign his rookie contract and be at the first practice on Monday. He has joined his teammtes at the Napa facility today as there are team meetings today.
Criner was one of just three remaining draft picks yet to be signed as of Sunday. The other two were first round picks Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright. Reportedly the dispute with Criner's contract was over bonus money. The difference in the two sides was said to be $14,000. The Raiders were following protocol for compensatory picks while Criner and his agent were attempting to receive regular fifth round pay. No word yet on which side conceded although it seems more likely Criner's camp who gave up the fight.
Third round compensatory pick Tony Bergstrom signed his deal on Friday which means the Raiders entire 2012 draft class in signed and in camp. It is new GM Reggie McKenzie's first draft class.
Criner (6-3, 221), was selected 168th overall after totaling 209 receptions for 2,859 yards and a school-record 32 touchdowns in four years at Arizona. The native of Las Vegas, Nev., hauled in 75 passes for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 11 games as a senior. He recorded 82 receptions as a junior in 2010, totaling 1,233 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games with 12 starts. He garnered first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a junior and was received second-team All-America recognition from The NFL Draft Report, CBS Sports, and Sports Illustrated.