Raiders Try Out a Familiar Face

With Samson Satele slowed by injury and rookie Jared Veldheer caught between two positions, the Raiders reached out to former starting center Jake Grove.

The Oakland Raiders welcomed former center Jake Gove for a tryout on Tuesday, according to a league source with the National Football Post.

The Raiders drafted the 6-foot-4 Grove in the second round (45th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played in Oakland from 2004 to 2008, starting 46 of 54 games at center and right guard.

Grove left Oakland for the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in 2009. He signed a five-year, $29 million contract including $14.5 million in guaranteed salary on March 2. He was released this year on September 9 and has tried out with other teams as well. Most recently, Grove tried out for the Baltimore Ravens but was not signed.

Samson Satele is the current starter at center for Oakland. His backup, rookie Jared Veldheer, has outperformed and overtaken Mario Henderson at left tackle. However, Satele has been slowed by a couple different injuries in the past two weeks and Veldheer has had to split time at center and left tackle. Signing Grove would allow for Veldheer to stay at left tackle.

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