Raiders Sign TE Erik Swoope

Erik Swoope has made his decision. The free agent tight end has signed a one-year deal with the Raiders, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter). We learned earlier today that Swoope had auditioned for the Raiders, Redskins, and Buccaneers.

Following a standout basketball career at Miami (FL), Swoope switched his focus to football following his senior season. The six-foot-five, 257-pound tight end ultimately joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent, and he proceeded to spend the next five seasons with the organization.

Swoope barely saw the field during his first two seasons in the NFL, but he eventually appeared in a career-high 16 games in 2016. The 27-year-old missed the 2017 campaign after undergoing knee surgery, but he returned and appeared in seven games (two starts) this past season. Swoope finished the campaign having hauled in eight receptions for 87 yards and three touchdowns.

The Raiders moved on from Lee Smith earlier this month, opening a spot on their tight ends depth chart. Free-agent addition Luke Willson is expected to be the team’s starter, but Swoope will have a chance to compete with Derek Carrier and rookie Foster Moreau for backup snaps.

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  1. goldenstatelaw

    Waller is the projected starter. Moreau will make the team and Wilson, Swoope and Carrier will compete for back up roles.

  2. 2bbige

    No idea where you arrived at Willson is the starter? 6 TE in camp and based on brief trial last year the #1 TE is Waller w/the “blocking TE “ (replacing Smith) being the larger question.

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