The Oakland Raiders have signed defensive end IK Enemkpali to a one-year contract as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The signing of Enemkpali appears to be one creating more competition for those already on the roster.
Enemkpali has two seasons under his belt playing for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, only managing 16 career tackles and most recently missing all of the 2016 season due to a torn ACL. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, his current claim to fame was punching former Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the face fracturing his jaw in 2015.
The incident with Smith ultimately led to Enemkpali’s release from the Jets. Staying in the AFC East, Enemkpali was signed by the Bills and primarily served as a special teams player.
With training camp well underway as Oakland gears up for their first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on August 12, Enemkpali will be dealt a huge learning curve as he seeks to latch on with the Silver and Black.
The best chance for Enemkpali to make the final 53-man roster is by impressing on special teams as the current Raiders roster now features eight defensive ends.