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Raiders Sign Former Chargers DL Corey Liuget

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 05: Defensive end Corey Liuget #94 of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 in a Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jon Gruden has been looking to add some experience and versatility to a Raiders d-line that is currently lacking both. He's nw found the perfect man to fill both of those roles: former Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget.

After having his team option for 2019 declined by the Bolts, Liuget inked a deal with the Oakland Raiders. In a corresponding move, the team signed former South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve ahead of releasing him outright.

Selected 18th overall in the 2011 NFL draft out of Illinois when the Chargers were still in San Diego, Liuget recorded 275 career tackles and 24 sacks in eight seasons with the team. Liuget was one one of the better run-stuffing defensive ends in the league, but he has seen a major downturn in production ever since the Chargers moved to LA.

Injuries have hampered his effectiveness over the last two years, as he has recorded just 35 tackles and three sacks in 18 games.

Gruden will likely continue the youth movement in his 4-3 scheme and start rookie star Clelin Ferrell and 2018 third rounder Arden Key outside, but Liuget could be in line for some playing time in their line rotation given their lack of depth.