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Raiders sign linebacker Darron Lee

Lee was No. 20 overall draft pick in 2016

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Darron Lee
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After evaluating their roster during the mandatory minicamp, the Las Vegas Raiders have signed two more players on the day they excused the team until they report to training camp on July 27.

Darron Lee, who is still just 26, is the most interesting of the two signings. He was the No. 20 overall draft pick in 2016 by the New York Jets out of Ohio State. Lee, 6’1 and 232 pounds, played for the Jets for three years and then spent 2019 with the Kansas City Chiefs and he played in two games last season with the Buffalo Bills.

He has made 38 career starts. Lee is a depth player at this point of his career. The Raiders were lacking a veteran backup linebacker, so he has a decent chance of making the 53-man roster.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have added yet another veteran cornerback in the form of De’Vante Bausby. He joins free-agent veteran cornerback additions Casey Hayward, Rasul Douglas and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Bausby, 6’2 and 190 pounds, played for the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos last season. He also played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and the Chiefs in five seasons in the NFL. Kansas City signed him as an undrafted free agent out of tiny Pittsburg State in 2015. Bausby, 28, has played in 20 games and has three starts. The Raiders are deep at cornerback, so he may be a longshot to make the team.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Raiders cut undrafted rookie defensive back TJ Morrison.