Raiders sign free agent Luke Willson

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent tight end Luke Willson on Friday night. Financial terms of his contract were not disclosed.

Willson will have to attempt to receive playing time with four tight ends presently on the roster. Besides Willson, Lee Smith, Derek Carrier, Darren Waller, and Paul Butler also are listed as tight ends, according to

Former Detroit Lions tight end Luke Willson on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys
Luke Willson on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys (Getty Images)

He was one of four players signed by the Raiders this week. The team also signed linebacker Brandon Marshall and running back Isaiah Crowell on Thursday.

The team also signed quarterback Landry Jones on Tuesday.

He comes back to the West Coast after spending the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions. He began his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 29-year-old Windsor, Ontario, Canada native appeared in 14 games, including eight starts last season with the Lions. He had 13 receptions for 87 yards.

Willson did not have a reception in his final three games with the Lions. His final reception with Detroit was an eight-yard reception in a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 2.

His best game of the season was three receptions for 21 yards against his former teammates, the Seahawks, in a 28-14 loss on Oct. 28.

In his five seasons with the Seahawks, he made 72 appearances, including 37 starts. He had 89 receptions for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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