The Raiders, who were down to four healthy tight ends, have added a little reinforcement at the position, officially signing Kyle Auffray on Sunday, the club said.
In a corresponding roster move, Oakland waived kicker Kevin Goessling.
The 27-year-old Auffray was last with the Browns, who waived him on Monday after six days with the club. Auffray (6-6, 254) has also spent time with the Patriots (2014) and Cardinals (2013). He played collegiately at Mississippi State and New Hampshire.
Two of the Raiders’ 90 roster spots are held by injured tight ends. Nick Kasa (ACL) is likely out for the season, while David Ausberry (knee surgery) is sidelined for the time being.
Auffray will vie to stay on the roster beyond Oakland’s cut to 75 players on August 26. If he remains on the roster for the last preseason game on August 28, he could play quite a few snaps, as the Raiders are likely to be resting starters and secure backups for some or all of the contest.