Raiders sign TE Austin Hooper, CB David Long Jr.
By MARK ANDERSON
AP Sports Writer
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders might have found their replacement for Darren Waller, signing tight end Austin Hooper on Wednesday.
Las Vegas also announced it had signed cornerback David Long Jr., who played for the Los Angeles Rams the past four seasons.
Hooper caught 41 passes for 444 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Tennessee Titans.
He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection when he played for the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent his first four seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2016. Hooper then played two years for the Cleveland Browns.
He has 339 receptions for 3,468 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.
But Hooper has a tough act to follow in Waller, who surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in 2019 and 2020 before injuries limited his production. He was dealt to the New York Giants for a third-round draft pick in next month’s draft, the 100th overall selection.
Long has started 10 games and made 52 appearances, totaling 77 tackles with an interception and seven pass breakups. Last season, he started four games and made a career-high 21 tackles.
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