Oakland Raiders and Rutgers’ Anthony Cioffi

It became official Saturday night when the Rutgers safety was one of the first undrafted players in the country to agree to a priority free agent deal, as first reported by NJ Advance Media.

The Raiders have been obsessed with speed since late owner Al Davis first joined the franchise as a coach in 1963 decades before spread offenses further emphasized a need for speed.

“That’s something I’m Cheap hockey Jerseys going to really bring to defense and special teams as well,” Cioffi told NJ Advance Media. “It’s a surreal moment, but now I’ve got to go out to Oakland and start turning some heads.”

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Cioffi said he heard from multiple teams Saturday during the fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL Draft but his agent, Matt Marino, was in contact with the Raiders throughout the pre draft process. He will report to Oakland by Thursday for rookie mini camp.

“The Raiders had some picks toward the end and they were talking about maybe picking me, so I was really anxious,” Cioffi said. “I was one of their first (free agent) calls. It was just a great fit as far as many chances.”

After hearing a story of how quarterback Tony Romo once turned down a bigger contract as an undrafted free agent because he saw a better opportunity for playing time with the Cowboys, Cioffi made up his mind that a team’s depth chart would be the deciding factor if he had options.

The Raiders only had three safeties with NFL experience on their roster before drafting Obi Melifonwu and Shalom Luani in the second and seventh NFL Green Bay Packers Jerseys Cheap Discount Retail rounds, respectively. LSU safety Rickey Jefferson also reportedly was added as a free agent.

“There’s no friends,” Cioffi said. “I have to go in with a chip on my shoulder and be cheap seahawks jerseys ready to take a spot.”

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Cioffi finished his career as a four year starter at Rutgers two at cornerback, one at free safety, one at strong safety and all four on special teams coverage Womens San Francisco 49Ers Jerseys Cheap Custom/Vintage/Authentic with 168 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks.

The Springfield native worked with respected trainer Chip Smith in Atlanta before the draft. He ran a Smith verified 4.37 seconds in the 40 yard dash, but his time slipped to 4.50 and he was penalized on his vertical leap at Rutgers Pro Day, with a Raiders scout in attendance.

“They said they are bringing in eight guys who are safeties or hybrids and keeping five out of the eight,” Cioffi said. “I’m very comfortable with those odds. The main thing is it’s not about money. It’s about making the roster. It’s more about my chance to get on the field.”

A social media video showed the Cioffi household exploding with excitement when the call came with news that he was headed to the Raiders. The family, which is friendly with Minnesota Vikings owner and New Jersey resident Zygi Wilf, planned to quickly stock up on Raiders gear.

“My mom is already on Amazon clicking away,” he joked.

The Raiders are scheduled to move Las Vegas by no later than 2020 but will play in Oakland in 2017. Cioffi is determined to win over fans in either city or both.

“You are going to get a guy who is going to give it his all for the organization,” Cioffi said. “Someone who plays with heart and a chip on his shoulder. It’s a dream to play in the NFL, and I’m not going to pass it up for anything. Nothing is going to be in my way.”

NFL player who killed girlfriend in murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22 year old Authentic pittsburgh steelers jerseys wholesale girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

New test to shed light on football wholesale jerseys China player’s brain injuriesCTE study finds first symptoms in athletes with brain diseaseBelcher, 25, killed Kasandra Perkins on Dec. 1, 2012, in the couple’s home while his mother was caring for his baby daughter in a nearby room. He then sped from the residence to the Chiefs’ training facility, where he shot himself in the head in front of then general manager Scott Pioli and then coach Romeo Crennel.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, filed a lawsuit in December in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City alleging her son was subjected to “repetitive head trauma,” and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide.

That lawsuit and similar actions by more than 30 plaintiffs many of them former Chiefs players have been moved to federal court and subsequently set aside while a $765 million settlement between the league and various lawsuits is going through the approval authentic jerseys wholesale process.

“We’re coming now within weeks of a decision where all of the NFL players have to make a decision to stay in or opt out of the settlement,” said Dirk Vandever, an attorney for one of three law firms representing plaintiffs in head injury lawsuits against the Chiefs.

The autopsy was performed last December at the request of lawyers for Zoey Belcher, the baby daughter of Jovan Belcher and Perkins. The results, sent cheap nfl jerseys in February to the attorneys and released to the media Monday, showed signs of CTE, which was also found in former NFL players Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide.

“The microscopic findings of neurofibrillary tangles in young person are fully consistent with the pathological presentation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy as it is reported in the available medical literature,” the report concluded.

Vandever said the law firms released the autopsy report now because of a heightened awareness of domestic abuse in the NFL after incidents involving top names like running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

“In the past month five different NFL players implicated in horrendous episodes in domestic violence,” he said.

Ken McClain, whose firm also is involved in the lawsuits against the Chiefs, said the autopsy findings support what the plaintiffs have been saying all along: that repeated head trauma can cause players to become angry and lose control of their impulses.

“The Chiefs knew he and his significant other were having major domestic violence issues and he had a major concussion two weeks before this happened,” McClain said.

In a statement, the NFL said: “The NFL has a long history of a changing the rules of the game to make it safer on the field, providing players the best medical care, and updating protocols on diagnosing concussions, treating concussions, and returning to play after a concussion.”