After a flurry of reports involving several players the Raiders had either signed or agreed to terms with the team, they have announced they have signed two of them - Safety Reggie Smith and RB Rashad Jennings.
Smith is a safety by trade. He is entering his fifth NFL season following four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-11. He spent 2012 training camp with the Carolina Panthers and was released in the final round of cuts. He didn't play on an NFL team last season.
A 6-foot-1, 192-pound veteran out of Oklahoma, Smith has played in 45 career games with seven starts, all with San Francisco, since entering the NFL as the 49ers' third-round draft selection (75th overall) in 2008.
His best season came in 2010 when he broke into the starting lineup for seven games replacing Taylor Mays. He had one of his 2 career interceptions and 3 of his career 6 passes defended in that season.
Rashad Jennings, also entering his fifth NFL season, has played his entire four year NFL career in the shadow of All Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jennings has appeared in 38 games with nine starts over those four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 6-foot-1, 231-pounds, back is expected to take the same role behind Darren McFadden as Michael Bush did during his time with the Raiders. Jennings was originally a 7th round selection in the 2009 draft out of Liberty. He has averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 224 career rushing attempts.
The reserve running back had his best seasons in 2009 and 2010 when he averaged over five yards per carry. He suffered a knee injury prior to the 2011 season and was placed on injured reserve. He returned to action last season and got him most extensive action with six starts in place of Jone-Drew. He struggled to return to his previous form and averaged just 2.6 yards per carry on 101 carries.
More announcements are expected Thursday and Friday as the team continues to fill out its roster prior to off-season workouts which begin Monday, April 15.