The Oakland Raiders will try out free agent fullback Owen Schmitt this week according to 710 ESPN's LIz Mathews. Schmitt will be entering his fifth NFL season, he played two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and these past two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Former Seahawks and Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt has a tryout this week with the Raiders.Beer truck rolls into the black hole...— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) May 14, 2012
Pro Football Talk reports Raiders fullback Marcel Reese has yet to resign and this signing of Schmitt could be used to increase pressure on Reese to do so.
In Oakland, exclusive rights free agent fullback Marcel Reece has yet to sign his one-year tender. The Raiders' tryout of Schmitt may be an attempt to put pressure on Reece.
Schmitt appeared in 16 games and started five for the Eagles. He logged 38 total yards for the Eagles in 2011. The 6'2" fullback out of West Virginia is known for his aggressiveness and toughness which sometimes gets out of control — he caused his own injury after hitting his helmet against his head repeatedly before a Seahawks game during his time there. It's not surprising that in his official Eagles bio that his favorite part of football is "the contact."
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