Alex Officer

Chiefs Place OL Dillon Gordon On IR, Sign OL Alex Officer

The Chiefs have slightly revamped their offensive line depth. The Associated Press reports that the team has placed offensive lineman Dillon Gordon on the injured reserve. The organization has signed offensive lineman Alex Officer to take the open roster spot. The news was first reported by Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com (via Twitter).

Gordon, a former LSU tight end, played in one NFL game with the Eagles during the 2016 season. He caught on with the Chiefs practice squad towards the end of the 2017 campaign, and he signed a reserve/future deal with the organization during the offseason. The lineman had been dealing with a shoulder injury for much of training camp.

While the 24-year-old was unlikely to play a major role for the Chiefs in 2018, he was still a solid developmental depth piece at offensive tackle. He would have still been eligible for the practice squad, but the offensive lineman will instead spend the upcoming season on the injured reserve.

Officer, 22, went undrafted out of Pittsburgh during this past year’s draft. The rookie briefly caught on with the Raiders before being let go in May. The six-foot-four, 291-pound lineman primarily plays offensive guard or center, and he’ll provided some much-needed depth as the Chiefs deal with several injuries. Of course, it’s still unlikely that Officer will end up making the roster, as he’ll have to compete with the likes of Jordan Devey, Cameron Erving, Parker Ehinger, Kahlil McKenzie, and Andrew Wylie for backup reps.

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Extra Points: Patriots, 49ers, Raiders, Jets

Although Eric Decker‘s one-year contract with the Patriots has a base value of $1.9MM, the veteran wideout received only $75K in guaranteed money, all in the form of signing bonus, tweets Field Yates of ESPN.com. Decker can earn $2.1MM in total by maxing out bonuses and incentives, but New England won’t have a financial reason not cut him at the end of camp. However, Decker could prove valuable on a Patriots’ depth chart that is not only down Julian Edelman (suspension) for four games, but just lost Jordan Matthews via release. Decker, 31, posted 54 receptions for 563 yards and one touchdown during his lone season with the Titans in 2017.

Here’s more from around the NFL:

  • The 49ers are exhibiting “growing concern” about guard Joshua Garnett‘s right knee injury, per a report from the Associated Press. Garnett, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, missed the entire 2017 campaign after having surgery on the same knee, so the issue is doubly concerning. After Garnett reportedly banged knees with a teammate in late July, he was expected to return to practice this week, but his presence has been delayed. Garnett is competing for time at right guard — the only open spot on San Francisco’s offensive line — with Jonathan Cooper and Michael Person.
  • After being arrested in April as a member of the Eagles, now Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley plead guilty in to DUI, carrying firearms in public, and resisting arrest, reports Vic Tafur of the Athletic (Twitter link). Worley was sentenced to three days in jail and two years of probation, and his legal issues are now resolved. As such, Worley could be forced to serve a suspension during the 2018 season, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Worley was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith earlier this year, but the Eagles cut him the day he was arrested.
  • Speaking of legal problems, Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue plead guilty to a Montana DUI charge earlier this week, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Donahue was sentenced to three months in jail, but that punishment was suspended upon payment of $1K fine. The second-year defender also plead guilty to a DWI charge in New York earlier this year. Donahue, who rarely played during his rookie campaign, will likely face a NFL-imposed suspension this year.
  • The Bears worked out free agent interior offensive lineman Alex Officer, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Officer went undrafted out of Pittsburgh earlier this year but landed a deal with the Raiders in May. He was waived just two weeks into his Oakland tenure, and has been sitting on the open market since. Per Wilson, Officer conducted a solid workout, but Chicago isn’t aiming to sign him immediately.

Raiders Sign OL Cameron Hunt, Waive OL Alex Officer

The Raiders have swapped one lineman for another. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (via Twitter) that the team has signed offensive guard Cameron Hunt. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived lineman Alex Officer (via Gehlken on Twitter).

Hunt, a 2017 undrafted free agent out of Oregon, spent last preseason with the Broncos. He ultimately landed on the 49ers practice squad in November, where he spent the rest of the season. The 23-year-old provides versatility on the right side of the offensive line, as he played both tackle and guard during his collegiate career. The Raiders are currently carrying 16 lineman, so it will still be a struggle for Hunt to make the team’s opening-day roster.

Officer joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent immediately after the draft. The Pittsburgh product is the second rookie to be waived by Oakland prior to OTAs, joining fullback Nick Sharga.

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Raiders Sign Six UDFAs

Amid a busy offseason that saw the Raiders bring in plenty of new faces via free agency, along with nine draft picks, the Silver and Black are lighter on undrafted free agents. But they did bring in six talents. Here’s the full rundown:

Piniero set the Florida record for field goal accuracy, making 38 of his 43 tries with the Gators — including 29 of his final 30. He’ll be set to compete with second-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. The Raiders gave Pineiro a $25K signing bonus, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

Officer started 48 games at Pitt, at center and both guard spots, and joins a Raiders team that did not draft an interior lineman nor bring one in via free agency. Baugh started 29 games for the Buckeyes. He’ll attempt to make a Raiders team that has Jared Cook signed through only 2018 and blocking tight end Lee Smith entering his age-31 season. Oakland added Derek Carrier as a free agent.