Las Vegas Raiders Sign Two New Defenders

The Las Vegas Raiders have signed linebacker James Onwualu and defensive back Keman Siverand in search of defensive help.
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The Las Vegas Raiders have announced the signing of linebacker James Onwualu and defensive back Keman Siverand to the practice squad.

As the defense continues to struggle, the Raiders continue to bring in players in an effort to improve the defense.

Bringing a pair of defensive players to the practice squad isn't a bad idea right now as practice squad players come cheaper than trading or signing expensive veteran free-agents.

While that might still be an option, the Raiders will try out players before spending and giving away too much out in the market.

Onwualu, a four-year veteran, initially signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2017. He appeared in nine games for the Bolts and a year later, appearing in five games for the San Francisco 49ers, both as a special teams contributor.

After getting cut by the 49ers, Onwualu was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2019 offseason. He would suffer a season-ending knee injury that forced him to miss the entire season and did not re-sign with the team after the 2019 season.

At the beginning of the 2020 season, he was signed by the Carolina Panthers and spent time on the practice squad before signing onto the Raiders practice squad.

The signing of Siverand is a bit surprising during the time of COVID. The undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State was waived by Seattle this August after trying to sneak a woman into the Seahawks' hotel during training camp.

The league had put in place Coronavirus guidelines, and one of them was there were no visitors allowed.

The Seahawks were not profound by the actions of Siverand and cut him from the team quickly.

Siverand made a dumb move and was on the media's bad side and apologized for his actions.

Shortly after being signed, Siverand took to social media to thank the Raiders, "It was never over, God thank you and thank you Raiders for this opportunity and believing in me."

As he receives a second chance, he has an opportunity to turn that incident into something positive and turn his career into the direction he was hoping for when he came into the league.

The Raiders also announced in corresponding moves that they have placed wide receiver Robert Davis and defensive back D.J. White on the practice squad injured list.

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