By Steve Corkran
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders signed offensive tackle Willie Smith, linebacker Keenan Clayton and cornerback Philip Adams on Saturday, one day after they pared their roster to 53 players.
They waived cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and Bryan McCann and waived/injured defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie to make room for the aforementioned trio on the 53-man roster.
Clayton appeared in 21 games for the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons. Adams played in 21 games for the 49ers, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Clayton started one game. Adams has no starts as an NFL player.
Smith appeared in four games for the Redskins last season, of which three he started. He is 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds.
The Raiders have not announced any roster moves since they pared 22 players from the 75-man roster in reaching compliance with the league-mandated maximum of 53 on Friday night.
For every player signed from here on out, the Raiders are required to release a player from their roster.
In other news, look for the Raiders to begin signing players to their practice squad today. Teams are permitted to sign as many as eight players to their practice squad.
Likely candidates include linebackers Nathan Stupar and Chad Kilgore, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, wide receivers Derek Carrier and Travionte Session and kicker Eddy Carmona.