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Raiders sign free agent safety Larry Asante, waive Shelton Johnson

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Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie McKenzie has announced the Oakland Raiders have added another new member to the team. He is a Safety by the name of Larry Asante and this is his 4th team in the NFL that he has played on. You can look at that negatively as nobody wants him, or you can look at it in a positive way with him having drawn interest from teams that many times.

When one player comes in, another player is usually on the way out. The unlucky player who got his walking papers was Safety Shelton Johnson who was waived/injured. Shelton was an undrafted free agent that the Raiders signed last year out of Wisconsin. He played in 4 games and had 4 tackles in 2013 but had been battling injuries all training camp.

Larry Asante's former teams were the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Indianapolis Colts. He accumulated 12 tackles, one interception, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in 17 NFL games. Last year he was mostly a special teams player in Cleveland where he appeared in 5 games.

At 6ft, 210lbs he isn't as big as some of the newcomers in the secondary but he also is not too small either. At 26 he isn't that young but he is also isn't old. A middle of the road guy in every sense of the way. He even played college ball in the middle of the country at Nebraska.

A one time 5th round selection for the Browns, he must know that his chances for sticking around in the league are getting thinner and thinner. Hopefully he makes the most of his opportunity this time around with the Raiders, at least he is healthy which is something that Shelton Johnson was not!