The Raiders have signed free agent fullback Owen Schmitt after he worked out for the team this week. Schmitt is 6'2, 240 pounds and has played in 51 career games (12 starts) during his four-year career. He has nine rushing attempts for 27 yards and 34 receptions for 218 yards with two touchdowns on his career, and his best season statistically came in 2010 when he caught 19 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
The former Eagles fullback reunites with Raiders offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp, who was with the Seahawks when they drafted Schmitt out of West Virginia in 2008. He became somewhat famous in Seattle when he, in his excitement to play some smashmouth football, smashed his helmet against his head a few too many times and starting bleeding profusely, spawning a line of t-shirts emblazoned with the rugged look.
He's a no-nonsense lead-blocking, old school fullback and will present competition for the Raiders backfield, which already includes fullbacks Manase Tonga, Rashawn Jackson, and recent tryout Tre'shawn Robinson. Marcel Reece is the presumptive starter, but has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender while looking to get a longer deal done.
Talk about this signing and more with Raiders fans, make sure you head over to Silver and Black Pride.