There might not be a single team in the NFL who understands the value of a long snapper better than the Oakland Raiders do. If you need a reminder just look back to almost a year ago when the Raiders opened up last season against the San Diego Chargers. Long snapper Jon Condo was knocked out of the game and all hell broke loose in the kicking game.
The Raiders staff must have learned their lesson somewhat after that game considering they now have Stefen Wisniewski as the back up at long snapper instead of a linebacker like they had that game. Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are also showing they learned something from that game besides having a proper back up, they learned how valuable of an asset Jon Condo is.
Oakland is showing their appreciation to the 6'3, 245lb Mr. Condo by signing him to a well deserved 3 year contract extension that will keep the long snapper as a member of the Raiders through 2017. He has been a member of the club for the past 6 seasons, having reached the Pro Bowl twice ('09 & '11) during that span. He has been an important piece to what was the leagues best kicking duo of Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski for all 6 of those years. They tweeted this picture out of him signing his new extension.
Before joining the Raiders in 2006 Condo had entered the league as an undrafted free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. He played in 3 games as a rookie for the Cowboys in 2005 but was released after the season. He started 2006 in the New England Patriots training camp, though he didn't make their team. He then signed with the Raiders practice squad in November of '06 and was promoted the next year to the regular roster where he has held strong to his special teams position ever since. He has played 96 of his 99 total career games wearing the Silver and Black.
Shane may have left the Raider Nation for a chance to play for his hometown team Houston Texans but the other 2 players that made the Raiders kicking department so formidable have now been signed to long term deals. The long snapper may be a position that most people don't think much about, but when you realize how much they are needed like us Raiders fans have it's nice to know you have some stability in place for years to come. SeaBass is certainly happy with that stability anyway!