- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Oakland Raiders have announced a trio of minor signings in receivers David Gilreath and Rahsaan Vaughn and kicker/punter Michael Palardy.
The Raiders are searching for a slot receiver and the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Gilreath would seem to fit that profile. He has had NFL stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2011. He has appeared in three NFL games, with one rush for 7 yards and two punt returns for 8 yards.
Vaughn, who is 6-1, 190 pounds, is originally from Oakland and played at the College of San Mateo before transferring to Oregon. He was on the New York Jets’ practice squad for a month last season.
The 5-11, 191-pound left-footed Palardy is another camp leg to give Sebastian Janikowski a breather, so to speak, and is an undrafted free agent from Tennessee. In four years, Palardy converted 74 percent of his field goal attempts (37-of-50) and 94.8 percent (109-115) of his extra points for the Volunteers. He also averaged 42.9 yards per punt and had 50 punts downed inside the 20-yard line while registering 50 touchbacks on kickoffs at Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie’s alma mater.
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