The Oakland Raiders announce today that they have signed outside linebacker Bruce Davis.
The team also released defensive tackle Jay Alford and cornerback Joey Thomas. Alford was signed on Sept. 8. He saw time in all four games of the 2010 season, registering two tackles. Thomas was signed on April 30, but was placed on the injured reserve before the regular season.
Davis was signed off of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He has also been with the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Davis was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Steelers. He played in five games in 2008 and was released at the end of training camp in 2009.
Davis is the son of former of Raiders offensive tackle Bruce Davis, Sr. Davis, Sr. played with the Raiders from 1979-1987. He was a starter for the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII winning team in 1984.
Like his father, Davis played his college ball at UCLA. As a junior in 2006, Davis was selected First-team All-American after posting 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. As a senior, he was selected Second-team All-American.
Davis is listed as an outside linebacker. In college, he played outside linebacker before finding a home on the defensive line. The Raiders have been stockpiling versatile defenders much like Davis—Trevor Scott, Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves are all hybrid defensive end-outside linebackers.