The Raiders added depth to an already sturdy tight end group by signing Luke Willson on Friday afternoon, adding fire to what should be a competitive position group through the offseason and training camp.
Willson isn't guaranteed one of three roster spots (four at the absolute max) on September's 53-man roster, but he'll challenge for one if he finds previous form following a down year. He was an effective low-volume target with Seattle, but didn't pan out in a 2018 spent with Detroit.
He can be an effective blocker 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, and will surely be in the mix on special teams.
Willson joins a position group that already includes Lee Smith, Derek Carrier, Darren Waller and Paul Butler. Jared Cook signed with New Orleans earlier this week, and Waller will be given a crack at his receiving role. Don't rule out the Raiders selecting a tight end early, or at some point in this year's NFL draft.
There are three roster spots (four max) available and will be competitive this summer. Willson is established and could pay dividends, or push Carrier to be more impactful on offense.
As a side note, Willson is from Windsor, Canada. The Raiders are in talks to play an exhibition game north of the border against the Green Bay Packers.