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Oakland signs Dwayne Harris

Former New York Giants wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris is no longer unemployed. He was released by the Giants earlier in the offseason but hadn’t generated a ton of interest in the market. But it appears that he has found someone interested enough to give him a shot.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Oakland Raiders have decided to sign him to a one-year deal.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Dwayne Harris in the sixth round out of East Carolina back in 2011. He was productive at times, mostly on special teams, but not productive enough for the Cowboys to resign. So, when the Giants offered him a five-year, $17.5 million contract in 2015, he took it.

The Giants tried to work him into the offense more than the Cowboys. He responded by catching 36 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns. But in 2016, his role became almost entirely on special teams. He had one reception (which did go for a touchdown).

He suffered an injury five games into the 2017 season and put on the injured reserve list.

It remains to be seen how the Raiders will try to use him. He has proven to be quite good at returning kicks.

Over the course of his career, he has returned 157 punts for 1524 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also returned 130 kickoffs for 3392 yards and a touchdown. On offense, he’s made 70 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second in the league in yards/return in 2013 with an average of 30.6 yards/return (28 returns for 857 yards).