Oakland Raiders release Landry Jones after signing Erik Swoope
The Oakland Raiders have released quarterback Landry Jones.
The Raiders waived Jones after they signed tight end Erik Swoope on May 22, per their official Twitter account.
We have signed TE Erik Swoope.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) May 22, 2019
Oakland also confirmed the news of Swoope’s signing and Landry’s release on its official website on Wednesday.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that Swoope has signed a one-year deal with the Raiders.
Raiders signed free-agent tight end Erik Swoope tonight to a one year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2019
With Jones gone, Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman should compete for the backup quarterback spot behind Derek Carr.
Jones signed with the Raiders as a free agent two months ago. The Pittsburgh Steelers made him the 115th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.
Jones spent five seasons in Pittsburgh backing up Ben Roethlisberger. After the Steelers released Jones in September, he spent the latter part of the 2018 NFL season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 18 career games, the 30-year-old Jones has thrown for 1,318 yards, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
— Raiders on NBCS (@NBCSRaiders) May 22, 2019
The 27-year-old Swoope is a former Miami Hurricanes basketball player. The Indianapolis Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
Swoope suited up in a total of 23 games for the Colts during his five-year tenure. He has caught for 384 yards and four touchdowns on 32 receptions in his career.
Swoope adds depth to a Raiders team which lost Jared Cook to free agency. The latter signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 26.
Oakland’s current depth chart at tight end features Swoope, Luke Willson, Paul Butler, Derek Carrier, and Foster Moreau.
Can the Raiders bounce back from a disappointing 4-12 (.250) win-loss season? The Black Hole certainly hopes so.