The Las Vegas Raiders are adding more veteran reinforcements for their offensive line depth with a familiar name.
ESPN has reported on Thursday that the Raiders will re-sign tackle Sam Young. He started seven games last year for Las Vegas.
Free-agent offensive lineman Sam Young has agreed to return to the Raiders on a one-year deal, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2021
Young, who will turn 34 this month and who is entering his 12th NFL season, was an injury replacement for the now traded Trent Brown at right tackle in 2020. Young, who played in 11 games in his first season with the Raiders, had trouble staying healthy.
Yet he played fairly well when he was on the field and he will provide solid insurance behind first-round pick Alex Leatherwood. The Alabama product will be the instant starter at right tackle in the post-Brown era.
The Raiders recently brought back swing offensive lineman Patrick Omameh. The decision to bring back Young may indicate that the Raiders don’t have a lot of plans for 2018 third-round pick Brandon Parker, who has yet to develop.
The Raiders officially have 89 players on their roster. But it was reported on Wednesday that they are signing tight end Alex Ellis, who hasn’t caught an NFL pass since 2016.
The #Raiders are signing veteran TE Alex Ellis, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 2, 2021
The Raiders have not announced the Ellis and Young additions. When they do, they will have to remove a player from the roster to be at the 90-player limit.