Friday, September 13, 2013
Raiders reward Reece with extension
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders announced Friday afternoon they have signed Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece to a three-year contract extension. Details of the deal were not released.
“It’s a big step, another big step to being a Raider for life,” Reece said as he exited the players’ lot at the team facility. “Just looking forward to the next few years of continuing to be a part of Raider Nation.
“It wasn’t necessarily quick,” he said of negotiations with the Raiders. “I’ve just been trying to relax and play football, and one thing I told my agent, Joel Segal, is, ‘You do your thing, with whoever you need to do it with. I’m going to focus on football and being a Raider.”
Reece, a former undrafted wide receiver who was on the Raiders’ practice squad in 2008 and 2009, became a regular at fullback in 2010, and his skill set makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
He is the third veteran in two months to be rewarded with an extension by the Raiders, along with long-snapper Jon Condo and kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
"When you want to be a Raider, you show it out on the field, just show it in everything you do," Reece said. "If you show that, what else can you do?"
Last season, with starting tailback Darren McFadden and backup Mike Goodson both injured, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Reece started four games at tailback and finished the season averaging 4.6 yards per carry, with 496 receiving yards on 52 catches. His average of 9.5 yards per reception led all running backs.
Reece has played in 47 games in his career, with 31 starts, and has 505 rushing yards and a touchdown on 106 carries. He also has 107 catches for 1,159 yards and six scores.
Last week, though, Reece caught just one pass for 9 yards. He did get wide open downfield on play, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor underthrew the pass.
“Al Davis believed in me more than I did myself at times, and it meant a lot to me,” Reece said in a release. “I take it to heart and I take it seriously. Mark Davis has loved me the same. I loved the organization and I love the Raiders family. I plan on being a Raider for life.”
Interestingly enough, Reece’s backfield mate, McFadden, remains unsigned beyond this season. McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a season, and over the previous two seasons he played in just 19 games.