The Oakland Raiders have been busy in free agency in recent weeks, as the have signed free agents Jared Cook, Jelani Jenkins, EJ Manuel, Marshall Newhouse and Cordarrelle Patterson.
The moves have enabled some of the Raiders players from last year that are free agents to move on to other teams, as Malcolm Smith has reportedly signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Matt McGloin has also been talking to other teams.
Another free agent that the Raiders were not likely to re-sign this offseason is tight end Mychal Rivera. With the signing of Cook, there was no more room on the roster for Rivera as he was already behind Clive Walford on the depth chart.
It appears Rivera has found a new home though, as according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN he has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars:
Free agent tight end Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, two sources tell me.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 22, 2017
The deal is reportedly for two years and can be worth as much as $6.75 million, with the second year being a team option.
Rivera was a sixth round draft pick by the Raiders in 2013 out of Tennessee. In four season with the team he had 1,413 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He was the team’s primary starter in 2014, but took on a backup role the past two seasons with Walford getting most of the first team reps.
Earlier this offseason the Jaguars traded their starting tight end Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins, leaving a vacancy at tight end that they are hoping Rivera can fill.