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Raiders sign defensive end Carl Nassib

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Backup from Tampa Bay has solid pass-rush skills

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This is getting dizzying.

The Raiders signed their fifth player in the past six hours and their seventh of the free-agent period, which began yesterday in the form of defensive end Carl Nassib.

He is the fifth defensive players the Raiders have brought in so far. Nassib is a solid rotational backup, who has some pass-rush burst. He is a stand-up pass-rusher, who had 6.5 sacks in 2019 and six sacks in 2018 for Tampa Bay. He has 18 sacks in four season with the Browns and the Buccaneers.

Nassib, who turns 27 next month, went to Penn State. He should be a nice backup to Maxx Crosby, who had 10 sacks as a rookie.

Nassib’s presence could mean less playing time for third-year pass-rusher Arden Key and he could keep Benson Mayowa and Josh Mauro from returning.

This isn’t a splash signing. But Nassib offers good depth and makes the Raiders’ defense better in the big picture.

Nassib may be most famous for giving his Cleveland teammates financial advice on ‘Hard Knocks.’

So, the Raiders aren’t just getting a pass-rusher, but someone who can provide sound financial advice. And, these days, who couldn’t use that?