The Raiders have bulked up their camp fullback roster by adding free agent Owen Schmitt, the team announced Tuesday. Schmitt is entering his fifth year in the NFL, the last two seasons with the Eagles.
He was drafted in the fifth round out of West Virginia by the Seahawks and spent his first two seasons in the league in Seattle.
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Schmitt has played in 51 career games with 12 starts over four NFL seasons. His career totals include nine rushing attempts for 27 yards and 34 receptions for 218 yards with two touchdowns. He caught a career-high 19 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown in 2010.
Schmitt has started just five games the past two seasons for the Eagles and is considered a camp body until further notice. The Raiders currently have five players on the team who can play fullback. Marcel Reece is not practicing because he has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender while he hopes to sign a long term deal.
The other fullbacks on the team are Manase Tonga, Rashawn Jackson, and recent tryout Tre'shawn Robinson. No word yet on cuts to offset the signing although the Raiders had room on the roster.