Corey Liuget

Bills Sign DT Corey Liuget

The Bills have signed veteran defensive tackle Corey Liuget after working him out on Tuesday, the club announced. In a corresponding roster move, Buffalo has placed linebacker Maurice Alexander on injured reserve.

Liuget, 29, signed a fully guaranteed, $1MM deal with the Raiders in August, but only lasted two months in Oakland before getting cut in late October. The former first-round pick didn’t appear in a game for the Raiders until Week 4, and then played on fewer than 50 defensive snaps over the course of three contests, posting three tackles and one quarterback hit during that time.

Liuget, of course, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Chargers after entering the league in 2011. Typically a consistent producer, Liuget suffered multiple setbacks in a 2018 campaign that couldn’t have gone much worse. A suspension, pay cut, and season-ending knee injury littered what became a lost season and Liuget was released by Los Angeles in February.

Now in Buffalo, Liuget will join a defensive tackle depth chart that already includes Star Lotulelei, Jordan Phillips, Ed Oliver, and Vincent Taylor. Liuget will likely play in a reserve, run-stuffing role for the time being, but there’s always a chance he could absorb a larger role as the season progresses.

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NFL Workout Updates: 11/4/19

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Raiders To Sign DT Terrell McClain

The Raiders have officially signed defensive tackle Terrell McClain, per a club announcement. The deal marks yet another destination for the well-traveled veteran.

McClain spent 2018 with the Falcons and appeared in 13 games. He hooked on with the Cardinals this offseason but was cut at the end of August, leading him to an October cup of coffee with the Chiefs. Other clubs on his resume include the: Redskins, Cowboys, Texans, Patriots, and Panthers.

In related news, the Raiders dropped linebacker Dakota Allen, defensive lineman Kasim Edebali, and Corey Liuget. Liuget played on 46 defensive snaps this season, so it wasn’t exactly the return to prominence he was hoping for.

Liuget, a former Chargers notable, had a rough 2018 season that featured a suspension, pay cut, and a season-ending knee injury. Cut by the Chargers in February, Liguet met with the GiantsSeahawksJaguars, and Cardinals before landing with the Raiders in August.

Raiders Notes: Jackson, Ellis, Liuget, Brown

The Raiders don’t seem sure on what to do with guard Gabe Jackson and defensive lineman Justin Ellis, both of whom are nursing knee injuries, as Jerry McDonald of the Mercury News writes. Jackson suffered a knee sprain in early August and is expected to miss at least four regular season games, while Ellis wouldn’t be able to play in Thursday’s preseason game even if he was needed. While Oakland could keep both Jackson and Ellis on their 53-man roster, that would mean retaining two players who won’t be of much use when the season gets underway. Alternatively, both men could be placed on injured reserve, but they’d have to first be carried on the Raiders’ initial 53-man roster.

Here’s more on the Black and Silver:

  • Veteran defensive tackle Corey Liuget received a fully guaranteed one-year, $1MM deal from the Raiders, tweets Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio. The pact includes a $930K base salary and a $70K signing bonus. The 2018 season couldn’t have gone much worse for Liuget, as a suspension, pay cut, and season-ending knee injury littered what became a lost campaign. Cut by the Chargers in February, Liguet since met with the GiantsSeahawksJaguars, and Cardinals before landing in Oakland. Always a solid run defender, Liuget could also give the Raiders an interior pass-rush boost.
  • If the Raiders wanted to void Antonio Brown‘s contractual guarantees as a result of his helmet fiasco, they’d probably have a good case, as Joel Corry of CBSSports.com writes. Brown’s contact with the Raiders contains more than $30MM in guaranteed money, so voiding that cash would certainly give Oakland more long-term options. The star wide receiver lost his second helmet-based grievance earlier this week and appears ready to play, so this issue won’t rear its head just yet.
  • Head coach Jon Gruden says the Raiders have engaged in trade talks with rival NFL clubs as the regular season approaches, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic (Twitter link). While it’s unclear what position group Oakland may want to trade from, Tafur today identified tight end as the deepest spot on the Raiders’ roster.
  • Speaking of that tight end position, Derek Carrier has the edge over Luke Willson for the Raiders’ third TE slot, per Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. Darren Waller and rookie Foster Moreau are expected to serve as Oakland’s top two tight ends.

Raiders Sign Corey Liuget, Place Doug Martin On IR

The Raiders have signed free agent defensive tackle Corey Liuget, the team announced. Oakland has also placed running back Doug Martin on IR, which contradicts reports that surfaced earlier today indicating that Martin was released.

Liuget has generated plenty of interest on the open market this offseason. He met with the Jaguars, Giants, Seahawks, and Cardinals before signing with Oakland, his former division rival.

Liuget spent the first eight years of his career with the Chargers after the Bolts made him the 18th-overall pick of the 2011 draft. Earlier in his career, Liuget made noise as a defensive end and managed 18 sacks for the Chargers between 2011-2014. His sack totals, predictably, plummeted when he was moved to the interior on a full-time basis, and his 2018 suspension for PEDs further diminished his stock. However, he should serve as a quality rotational piece for Oakland’s D-line.

As for Martin, Oakland may indeed end up releasing him with an injury settlement, as Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network says that Martin will be healthy soon and will be ready to play somewhere (Twitter link). The Raiders, meanwhile, will open the season with rookie Josh Jacobs as their No. 1 RB, with DeAndre Washington serving as Jacobs’ backup.

In addition to those moves, Oakland also signed UDFA linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and waived long snapper Andrew DePaola.

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Cardinals Host Corey Liuget

Former Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget will visit the Cardinals on Thursday, a source tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). At this stage of the offseason, Liuget is arguably one of the top free agents left on the board and is a name worth monitoring. 

Earlier this offseason, Liuget met with the Jaguars, Giants, and Seahawks. So far, he’s exercised patience in finding a landing spot, but the Cardinals could hold appeal for him. With $6MM in available cap space, Arizona could offer him more than the veteran’s minimum and give him an opportunity to shine. On the flipside, the Cardinals’ D is less than world-class, so there might not be a ton of openings for Liuget to exploit.

Earlier in his career, Liuget made noise as a defensive end and managed 18 sacks for the Chargers between 2011-2014. His sack totals, predictably, plummeted when he was moved to the interior on a full-time basis, and his 2018 suspension for PEDs further diminished his stock.

Still only 29, there’s reason to believe that Liuget can turn things around.

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Jaguars Host Corey Liuget

Former Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget visited the Jaguars today, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. Liuget, who was released by the Bolts in February after spending the first eight years of his professional career with the club, has also met with the Giants and Seahawks.

Liuget was a fixture on the Chargers’ D-line until last season, which went about as poorly as possible for him. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 campaign for violating the league’s PED policy, and he played in only six games (three starts) before tearing his quadriceps in late November. For the season, Liuget compiled five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while earning a 66.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, a mark that would have ranked him as a middling defensive tackle if he had enough snaps to qualify.

Liuget signed a five-year, $58.5MM extension with the Chargers in June 2015, a deal that included $30MM in guaranteed money. But he did not really live up to that contract, and now the 29-year-old will likely need to settle for a one-year pact to reestablish his value.

Obviously, he has garnered a reasonable amount of interest on the open market, and the Chargers were also said to be amenable to a reunion. The Jags do not have a glaring need in the middle of their defensive front, but Liuget could team with Abry Jones and Marcell Dareus to form a fairly solid rotation.

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Seahawks Meeting With Liuget, Woods

Two more veteran defensive linemen are visiting the Seahawks. In addition to Allen Bailey heading to Seattle for a meeting, Corey Liuget and Al Woods will follow suit, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

This marks Liuget’s second meeting of the offseason, with the longtime Chargers interior defender having met with the Giants recently. The Chargers released Liuget earlier this offseason. While the Bolts were believed to be open about re-signing Liuget at a reduced rate, no rumors of a reunion have surfaced since.

Liuget signed a lucrative Chargers deal in 2015 but did not live up to it. A suspension and pay cut ensued, and the Bolts cut bait prior to that contract’s final season. The 29-year-old Liuget played in six games last season, starting three. The former first-round pick started 103 games for the Bolts but only recorded three sacks over the past three seasons.

The Lions brought in Woods for a visit last month. The 32-year-old nose tackle has played for five teams, including the Seahawks (for two games in 2011), in his nine-year career. Woods started 24 games for the Colts over the past two seasons.

Pete Carroll mentioned earlier this offseason the Seahawks would like to further fortify their defensive tackle corps, so one of the Bailey-Liuget-Woods trio may be set to sign. Bailey and Liuget have been used mostly as 3-4 defensive ends during their careers, while Woods has played almost exclusively inside. Both Woods and Liuget graded better as run-stoppers last season, per Pro Football Focus, though Bailey saw far more action (959 snaps).

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Giants Meet With Claiborne, Liuget

The Giants hosted former Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and former Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget on Wednesday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Field Yates (Twitter link). Both players have lost some luster in recent years, but would represent solid additions at this stage of free agency.

Claiborne spent the past two seasons with the Jets and has played on one-year deals for the past three seasons. The Jets appear set to move on from Mo, who last played at a high level in 2016 with the Cowboys. Last year, Claiborne graded out as just the No. 75 CB in the NFL out of 112 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus.

Liguet missed the first four games of the 2018 season after being handed a four-game performance enhancing-drug suspension. After coming back, Liuget managed five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while earning a 66.9 grade from PFF, a mark that would have ranked him as a middling defensive tackle if he had enough snaps to qualify.

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Charges Decline DT Corey Liuget’s Option

The Chargers have declined their 2019 option on defensive tackle Corey Liuget, the club announced tonight. However, Los Angeles also indicated it would be open to re-signing Liuget at a reduced rate.

Liuget, 28, agreed to a reworked contract in advance of the 2018 campaign that changed his 2019 season to an option year. Under the terms of that deal, Liuget was scheduled to collect a $4MM roster bonus on March 15. Instead, Liuget will now hit the free agent market two days earlier on March 13. Because the Chargers opted not to exercise his option (and didn’t outright release him), Liuget will still factor into the NFL’s compensatory pick calculations.

Had the Chargers picked up Liuget’s option, he would’ve been under contract in 2019 with a base salary of $4MM. That total, plus his $4MM roster bonus and $1.5MM of prorated bonus money would’ve given him a cap charge of $9.5MM. Los Angeles likely viewed that as an untenable figure given that Liguet played in only six games a year ago.

Liguet missed the first four games of the 2018 season after being handed a four-game performance enhancing-drug suspension. That ban essentially forced Liuget to accept his aforementioned pay cut, and ensured he didn’t appear in a game until Week 5. After coming back, Liuget five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while earning a 66.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, a mark that would have ranked him as a middling defensive tackle if he had enough snaps to qualify.

The Chargers will now have now have a vacancy along the interior of their defensive line, especially given that fellow defensive tackles Brandon Mebane, Darius Philon, and Damion Square are all free agents. Liuget, meanwhile, will join a free agent class that includes not only those fellow 2018 Chargers, but options such as Grady Jarrett, Sheldon Richardson, and Ndamukong Suh.

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