By Will Reeve Jr.
The Raiders made the signing of defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a three-year contract worth $15 million official Monday.
Thought of as somewhat of an oddity by many fans, Ellis is solid (not terrific) against the run and could be well-served to be paired with a proven pass-rusher along the inside of the defensive line. It also just so happens that a DT by the name of Ndamukong Suh just hit the free-agent market on the same day that Oakland released offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and cornerback Sean Smith, saving the team a combined $10.25 million in salary cap space in 2018.
Below is the team’s official news release on Monday’s transaction.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed DT Justin Ellis to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.
Ellis, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, was originally drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his four-year career, the run-stuffing defensive tackle has played in 60 games with 41 starts and totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed.
The 6-foot-2, 335-pounder played in all 16 games last year, making 14 starts, while helping solidify the Raiders’ interior defensive line. He posted a career-high 44 tackles and 0.5 sacks in...