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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent TE Erik Swoope, the club announced Wednesday.

Swoope, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent his first five seasons (2014-18) with the Indianapolis Colts, including a short stop with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. Over his career, Swoope has appeared in 24 games and made six starts, compiling 23 receptions for 384 yards (16.7 avg.) and four touchdowns.

Last season, Swoope made seven appearances for the Colts with two starts, logging eight receptions for 87 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. In 2016, he appeared in all 16 contests and set career marks in receptions (15) and yards (297), after seeing action in one game in 2015 and spending the 2014 season on the club’s practice squad.

Tight end was a huge hole heading into the offseason for Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders. Rather than swing for the fences, the Raiders are going to replace Jared Cook with a committee of three or four tight ends.

In order to add to their tight end room, Oakland will sign tight end Erik Swoope, who spent last year with the Indianapolis Colts.

Swoope went to football factory Miami, but never played football at the collegiate level. He was a key rotation piece on the Hurricanes’ basketball team. At 6-5, Swoope was deemed to small for the NBA, and signed on with the Colts as an undrafted free agent.

Over the last four seasons, Swoope has recorded 23 catches for 284 yards and four touchdowns.

Swoope is a player with a very defined role. He’s not a great blocker or route runner, but his verticality and sure hands make him a threat in the red zone that Jon Gruden will likely find a way to use.

The Oakland Raiders have signed former Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope to a one-year contract Tuesday evening, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

A vacancy at tight end was created for the Raiders when Jared Cook left in free agency and signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Swoope spent most of his five NFL seasons in Indianapolis after going undrafted out of Miami. His best season came in 2016, appearing in 16 games (four starts) and recording 15 receptions for 297 yards and a touchdown.

The first two seasons of his NFL career resulted in one played game, and a knee scope stemming from knee pain experienced in training camp derailed his 2017 campaign. While last season saw the 27-year-old play only seven games, he scored a career-high three touchdowns.

The fact that Swoope has scored an NFL touchdown at all is unlikely given his four years at Miami were spent on the basketball team. He had never played organized football prior to the Colts signing him. In December 2016, the Sun Sentinel’s Shandel Richardson dove into Swoope’s background:

“‘I thought [Miami coach Jim Larranaga] was joking [about interest from NFL scouts],” said Swoope, who averaged five points and 2.7 rebounds his senior season at UM. ‘I had never played a day in my life. I watched some football. My older brother and my dad played football, but aside from that my life was basketball.’

“The reason for the interest was simple. At 6’5″ and 257 pounds, Swoope was considered a ‘tweener’ on the basketball court because he had no true position. On the football field, those dimensions combined with athleticism were a perfect fit for tight end.”

The Raiders must have seen something they liked about Swoope’s hybrid athleticism during his workout earlier Tuesday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Head coach Jon Gruden had described on May 3 the team’s tight end position as a “logjam.”

Swoope joins Darren Waller, Luke Willson and Foster Moreau at the position. Oakland signed Willson as a free agent in March and drafted Moreau out of LSU in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Erik Swoope to the practice squad and released quarterback Phillip Walker from the practice squad.

Swoope, 6-4, 255 pounds, has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season. He appeared in seven games (two starts) for Indianapolis in 2018 and caught eight passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Swoope originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on March 13, 2014. He has played in 24 career games (six starts) with Indianapolis and has caught 23 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

Walker, 5-11, 216 pounds, has spent a majority of the season on the Colts practice squad. He participated in the team’s 2018 offseason program and training camp before being waived on September 1. Walker signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 1, 2018. He spent the entire 2017 season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Walker was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2017.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent tight end Erik Swoope.

The Raiders released quarterback Landry Jones on Wednesday to make room on the 90-man roster.

Swoope had eight catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns in seven games last season with Indianapolis. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2014 after playing college basketball at Miami. He has 23 career catches for 384 yards and four TDs in 24 games.

Jones’ departure leaves Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman as the backups to Derek Carr.

Swoope had eight catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns in seven games last season with Indianapolis. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2014 after playing college basketball at Miami. He has 23 career catches for 384 yards and four TDs in 24 games.

Jones’ departure leaves Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman as the backups to Derek Carr.

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