ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders hope to avoid being cast on the “Hard Knocks” HBO series, but a fit-for-television roster may not help their case.
Defensive tackle Ronald Ollie, former star of the Netflix show “Last Chance U,” was among the rookies who signed a contract Monday. He did so while veteran Richie Incognito worked out for the club.
Incognito, 35, is a four-time Pro Bowler and could be a potential starter at left guard. He has not been signed at this time.
Incognito has dealt with mental health issues, contributing to him being out of the NFL in 2018. He was arrested last August for an incident in which he disrupted a funeral home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and allegedly told an employee he had guns in his truck.
It’s unclear if he could be subject to NFL suspension following the incident. He reportedly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct but, as part of the plea agreement, did not serve jail time.
If signed, Incognito could push Denzelle Good for the left guard job. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson coached Incognito in 2006 and 2007 for the then-St. Louis Rams. Any contract likely would be a one-year deal with incentives involved to reward performance.
The Raiders traded left guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets in March.
Ollie attended rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis.
He was featured on “Last Chance U” while attending East Mississippi Community College, where his charismatic personality and good intentions amid poor study habits endeared him to viewers. He later transferred to Nicholls State.
Ollie’s path to the NFL is fairly well documented. It includes childhood tragedy; he was 5 years old when his father fatally shot his mother.
The Raiders also signed former North Carolina State punter AJ Cole from rookie minicamp. Punter Drew Kaser and offensive tackle Jamar McGloster were waived in corresponding moves. Cole will compete against incumbent Johnny Townsend this offseason for the team’s punter job.
“Hard Knocks” is a documentary television series that each year follows an NFL team during training camp, showing team meetings, roster cuts and other behind-the-scenes developments. Coach Jon Gruden and others in the organization, including owner Mark Davis, have expressed desire not to be cast for it.
—The Raiders traded backup kicker Eddy Pineiro to the Chicago Bears on Monday for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick, ESPN reported. Pineiro was a favorite last summer to serve as the team’s kicker. A groin injury late in training camp, however, ended his rookie season. Rookie Daniel Carlson was signed weeks later and stabilized the position, converting 16 of 17 field goals for the most accurate season in franchise history.