No unrestricted free agent carried a higher priority to be re-signed than long snapper Jon Condo. The 35-year-old has been the team’s long snapper the past decade as a steady hand for kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punters/holders Shane Lechler and Marquette King.
Condo finally saw the playoffs this past season. He was the longest tenured player on the team to have never seen a playoff game.
Sebastian Janikowski’s contract goes through 2017, so holding onto Condo at least until then was a great idea.
We consider NFL players to reach or near the end of their careers at 35, but long snappers can typically last longer.
Condo came into the league with the Cowboys in 2005 as a linebacker out of Maryland. He is extremely good at what he does, not only in snapping the ball, but as a former linebacker, he can get down the field in coverage with the best of them.
Condo’s return leaves just three Raiders free agents left unsigned — Matt McGloin, Mychal Rivera, and Perry Riley Jr.