Earlier this week, the Alliance of American Football had to shutter its doors after controlling owner Tom Dundon elected to suspend operations due to sagging TV ratings and an inability to get an agreement from the NFL Players' Association to use young players from NFL rosters in the league.
With the league shutting down, its players were granted permission to sign with NFL teams, and one landed in Oakland on Friday when the Raiders announced they signed defensive end Alex Barrett.
Barrett, a San Diego State product, played in all eight games for the San Diego Fleet this season, totaling two sacks. Barrett went undrafted in 2017 but signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in two games in two seasons with Detroit.
The Raiders also announced the signing of safety Jordan Richards on Friday,
The Stanford product was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2015. He played for Bill Belichick for three seasons before being traded to the Falcons prior to the 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old tallied 39 tackles and three passes defended in Atlanta last year.
Neither Barrett nor Richards is likely to play a major role for the Silver and Black, but they should give Oakland much-needed depth in two key areas.