Per the team’s official Twitter account, the former Purdue running back who will turn 29 at the end of March, agreed to terms, which were not disclosed.
The Oakland Raiders have signed RB Kory Sheets: http://t.co/ygyL1HoZaj
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 12, 2014
Sheets has one carry for five yards in his NFL career, but he was a standout the last two seasons in the Canadian Football League.
Sheets rushed for 2,875 yards and 23 touchdowns as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was named Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup, the CFL’s championship game, by rushing for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-23 win over the Hamilton-Tiger Cats.
Oakland’s top two running backs from the 2013 season, Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden, will be free agents next month and while it is expected the Raiders will try to bring Jennings back, it’s likely McFadden will be allowed to walk.
Sheets has also spent time on the practice squads of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Panthers.
Sheets is Purdue’s all-time leader in touchdowns (54) and rushing touchdowns (48), ahead of notables such as Mike Alstott, Mike Pruitt, Otis Armstrong and Leroy Keyes. His 3,341 rushing yards is second in school history behind Alstott.
He was undrafted in 2009 and signed with the 49ers and was assigned to the practice squad prior to signing with the Dolphins. He missed all of 2010 with an injured right Achilles’ tendon and was released by the Dolphins during training camp in 2011.
In 2012, Sheets rushed for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns in 18 games and in 2013, despite missing three games due to injury, he had 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns, finishing second in the CFL in rushing each year.
His 197 yards in the championship game last November set a new Grey Cup record, breaking the old mark of 169 yards set in 1956 by Johnny Bright of the Edmonton Eskimos.