Believe it or not, the Oakland Raiders still have some games to play even though Antonio Brown has left town for much, much greener pastures.
One of the bigger bullet points on the team’s to-do list was filling out its wide receiver corps due to the gaping target hole left by Brown. The team is turning to a familiar face — and paying a pretty penny — to do so.
Raiders bring back ‘Hard Knocks’ star Keelan Doss
The Raiders have reportedly convinced undrafted rookie Keelan Doss to return to the team he spent training camp with rather than stay on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad. The price: a roster spot and fully guaranteed salary, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
This Keelan Doss situation is wild. The #Raiders stayed on the rookie WR after he opted to stick on the #Jaguars’ practice squad yesterday. They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: a $300k signing bonus and a fully gtd $495k base salary. The Alameda native is headed back home.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 9, 2019
Doss himself confirmed the news on Twitter.
Per Garafalo, Doss has now gone from a non-guaranteed $255,000 salary to a $795,000 income that’s on par with a fourth-round draft slot. And it’s all thanks to the smoldering train wreck that is the team’s Antonio Brown saga.
Doss was widely considered a draft-worthy talent after a career at UC-Davis in which he totaled more than 4,000 receiving yards, but fell out of the draft. He signed with the hometown Raiders, and became one of the featured players on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
That fame didn’t stop the Raiders from cutting Doss at the end of preseason. The 23-year-old Doss wound up signing with the Jaguars’ practice squad, and reportedly turned down a 53-man roster spot with the Raiders when Brown was released after the Jaguars offered him a raise.
The Raiders then upped their offer, and here we are, with another way the team has had to scramble in the wake of Brown’s saga.
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