The Oakland Raiders signed former Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets this off season in an attempt to bolster depth at the position. Sheets, the 2013 CFL Grey Cup MVP, offers the Raiders another option for starting running back if both Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings leave in free agency.
It is not very often that an NFL team signs a guy from the CFL. Much more often, you see guys who could not cut it in the NFL heading north of the border. Before coming to the Raiders via the CFL, Sheets was an NFL running back who just couldn’t cut it.
Now, in an odd coincidence, not long after the Raiders signed a former Rider, the Riders signed a former Raider. Former Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens, a guy who was a fan favorite and many did not want to see leave Oakland, has signed with the Riders.
After spending four years with the Raiders, Schilens also spent time with the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions. A seventh round draft pick, Schilens always showed a ton of potential but had serious issues being consistent, often disappearing for long periods of time.