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Kentrell Harris agrees with Raiders on free-agent deal

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Posted: 04/29/2013 6:11 PM

Kentrell Harris agrees with Raiders on free-agent deal 



CHRIS BOYLE
STAFF WRITER
Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.

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Harris started his collegiate career as a safety for Bethune-Cookman at 205 pounds. After sitting out a year with an injury, he grew to 245 pounds, transferred to Virginia Union University and changed positions.

During the 2012 season, Harris compiled 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He was only one of two Division II players to earn an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January in Los Angeles.

The last Virginia Union player to participate in an NFL game was cornerback Pete Hunter — in 2007.

In joining the Raiders, Harris will be teammates with former Seabreeze kicker Sebastian Janikowski, a first-round pick back in 2000.

He looks to join an impressive list of players who went from undrafted free agents to NFL superstars, including Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

“Hearing my name called would have been great, but then again, being an undrafted free agent I really got to sit down and decide which team would be the best fit for me and put myself in the best situation to make the team.”

Harris will head to California on May 9 for rookie mini-camp and then stay with the team during the summer for organized team activities, according to his agent.

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Posted: 04/30/2013 10:06 AM

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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken
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Posted: 04/30/2013 1:03 PM

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If I were a DE going into the league you know Houston has one year left and wants the big money, and the other side is "Andre Carter" oh my. Great opportunity for a guy to not just make a roster but be a starter. Few of those UDFA's will have that kind of chance.

 

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Posted: 05/01/2013 10:27 PM

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veldheer and houston will be resigned imo,we should have no problem with that,being 60 million under the cap and reggie is on record for wanting to resign our own now that we have the cap under control

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Posted: 05/02/2013 4:42 AM

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Agreed, I think Houston is gonna stay unless someone offers him a ridiculous contract.
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Posted: 05/02/2013 8:49 PM

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Honestly would not be shocked to see them walk. They will likely get more elsewhere. Our time of over paying is dead and burried.

 

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Posted: 05/03/2013 10:52 PM

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Posted: 05/04/2013 2:06 PM

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I dont think we will have to over pay for either of them. At some point we are actually going to have to pay for players under this management. That is when we will see what kind of GM Reggie is. Right now he is cutting ties with overpaid and under performing players. None of which were his guys. Granted our guys coming due next year arent his guys but they are young and the future of the club. Be interesting to see what he does with the checkbook open.

Raider fan for life.

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Posted: 05/05/2013 2:35 PM

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One of the reasons Harris chose the Raiders over the other teams that were interested is because he has a legitimate chance at playing time considering the Raiders weakness at the position. If he's good he'll eventually get a big contract either by the Raiders or another team. Not as likely to happen if he's backing up JJ watt.


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