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Raiders sign veteran former Chargers DT Corey Liuget

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t long ago the Corey Liuget was considered one of the better defensive tackles in the NFL. But a rocky 2018 season had him unemployed this offseason. Apparently he’s ready to return, and the Raiders were ready to have that return happen for them. So, with a couple weeks from the start of the season, they have signed the 9-year veteran.

Liuget began last season suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. He appeared in six games before tearing a quad and being sent to injured reserve. After the season the Chargers declined his option. One assumes he went unsigned primarily because he needed to fully recover from that injury.

The former first round pick (18 overall) spent his first eight years (2011-18) with the Chargers. The 6-2, 300-pound defensive lineman appeared in 108 games with 103 starts. Prior to last season, he had missed just 10 games in his career. He averaged 40 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 4.0 sacks per season.

Running back Doug Martin was released in a corresponding move.