Raiders sign Jeremy Newberry

The Oakland Raiders signed center Jeremy Newberry to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Long rumored to be coming to Oakland, the Raiders made it official on Tuesday, signing the former Pro Bowl center to a deal that is reportedly worth $1.5 million.

Newberry spent the 2006 season on injured reserve with a knee injury - one that he reports is back to full health.

"When this opportunity presented itself, I made it known that I wanted to play across the Bay for the Raiders, as I have a ton of respect for Al Davis and this organization," said Newberry. "I'm very excited about what Coach Kiffin has got going and I am excited to be reunited with some people that I have worked with in the past, Greg Knapp and Tom Rathman in San Francisco, and my college position coach, Tom Cable. I'm looking forward to helping this team get back to its glorious past and winning ways."

Newberry was voted to the Pro Bowl following the 2001 and 2002 seasons but the former second round pick has suffered through damage to both knees over the last three seasons.

"In researching and evaluating Jeremy's background and history, it became obvious that he is a perfect fit for the Raiders right now," said Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "He is an intense competitor and definitely understands what being a team player is all about."

Notes:

In other news, the Raiders lost out on Reggie Kelly. The tight end signed with his former team on Tuesday, inking a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jordan Black is reportedly scheduled to visit with the Raiders this week.

The team is also interested in looking at wide receiver Shaun McDonald but no visit has been scheduled.


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