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Raiders ERFAs Parsons, Ross, Stewart sign tenders

4/15/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Three exclusive tights free agents – offensive linesman Alex Parsons, defensive back Brandian Ross and running back Jeremy Stewart – signed their tenders with the Oakland Raiders. The team announced the signings on Monday, before the first day of voluntary offseason workouts officially took off.
 
All three players are valuable retentions for the Oakland Raiders, who stepped up for the team when most need.
 
Alex Parsons, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of USC by the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and remained on the practice squad through the following two seasons, played all 16 games last season. Serving as the primary backup behind Stefen Wisniewski, Alex Parsons was forced into the starting job at center during the season opener in 2012, while Wisniewski was still recovering from a torn labrum that required off-season surgery. Alex Parsons played 120 total offensive snaps last season.
 
The 25-year-old Alex Parsons also plays backup at guard.
 
The Oakland Raiders signed the former undrafted free agent Brandian Ross off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad last season. Brandian Ross eventually played 14 games (with one start), sharing time at both cornerback and safety for the Oakland Raiders last season. The 23-year-old Brandian Ross started the Oakland Raiders’ season finale at right corner against the San Diego Chargers in 2012. He had 174 defensive snaps, while finishing last season with 14 tackles. Brandian Ross could make the full-time transition to free safety 2013, since he is expected to compete against Usama Young as replacement for Michael Huff.
 
Meanwhile, second-year pro Jeremy Stewart, who remained on the Oakland Raiders practice squad for the first nine weeks, leapfrogged Taiwan Jones on the depth chart to play four games last season as running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson dealt with injuries. The former undrafted rookie out of Stanford Jeremy Stewart had 25 carries for 101 yards, while catching eight passes for 62 yards and returning three kickoffs for 43 yards.
 
With Mike Goodson leaving for the New York Jets in free agency,  Jeremy Stewart remains a valuable depth retention.
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