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Raiders sign TE Swoope, release QB Jones

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The Oakland Raiders continued to add offensive pieces to Jon Gruden’s roster puzzle by signing tight end Erik Swoope on Wednesday.

Swoope, who turned 27 earlier this month, was waived twice by Indianapolis last season after recording eight catches for 87 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in seven games (two starts) for the Colts. Swoope spent part of the season on the practice squad and missed several games due to injury.

Swoope was briefly picked up by the Saints in December, but released just two days after being claimed off waivers. For his career, he has played in 24 games (six starts) with 23 receptions, 384 yards and four touchdowns.

He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Miami (Fla.), where he also played on the basketball team and averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 110 games over four seasons.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders released quarterback Landry Jones.

Jones, 30, spent five seasons with the Steelers (2013-17) as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup, playing in 19 games (five starts), passing for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Steelers went 3-2 in games he started.

Jones began the 2018 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being cut by Pittsburgh before the season, but he was again released in November without playing in a game.

The Raiders have veteran Mike Glennon and ex-Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman on the roster behind starter Derek Carr.

–Field Level Media

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