Raiders Sign Karl Joseph

Another 2016 first-round pick has signed his rookie contract, with safety Karl Joseph becoming the latest to put pen to paper. The Raiders announced late Monday night that Joseph has formally signed his four-year deal, which features a fifth-year option for 2020.Karl Joseph

Joseph, who played his college ball at West Virginia, was one of the more surprising picks of the first round. Although he was considered by many observers, including our Rob DiRe, to be the most talented safety in this year’s draft, Joseph was not viewed as a lock to come off the board in the first round, due to the season-ending ACL injury he suffered last season.

The Raiders, however, made Joseph the 14th overall pick last month, which puts him in line for a contract worth about $11.884MM over the next four years, per Over the Cap’s data. That deal features a signing bonus of approximately $6.843MM, and will be worth several million more if the team eventually picks up his option for the 2020 season.

Oakland has now locked up three members of its seven-man draft class, having also confirmed the signings of fourth-round quarterback Connor Cook and seventh-round offensive lineman Vadal Alexander.

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