Raiders sign linebacker Daren Bates


The Raiders added depth to their defense and talent to their special teams units on Monday morning by signing former Rams linebacker Daren Bates.

The team announced the acquisition of a fourth-year veteran who played just 28 defensive snaps in 2015.

He was a valued special teams contributor in St. Louis, and the Raiders expect a similar impact in Oakland.

Bates has 25 tackles, a pass defensed and two fumble recoveries over three professional seasons. He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent.

Expect Bates to be a core special teams player for the Raiders, a value position on a team where the kicking game has high importance.

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