Free-agent cornerback James Dockery signed a contract with the Raiders on Friday, and he's elated to be in black and silver.
Once announcing that the deal with Oakland was official, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defender took to Twitter, expressing the emotions running through him.
It's clear it was "personal."
It's official!! Welcome to the Dark Side! The one and only #NATION #ToGodBeTheGLOrY #CRU #CHIP https://t.co/9M9D5NnuSl— James Dockery (@JamesDockery31) March 13, 2015
This is about more than football for me! My uncle was laid to rest with a Blk N silver casket and raider blanket! This is personal— James Dockery (@JamesDockery31) March 13, 2015
I've never been the biggest, strongest or fastest. Competition is what drives me! Being the underdog over and over is what fuels me!— James Dockery (@JamesDockery31) March 13, 2015
I am far more than a camp body I can promise you that! #UnderDogNation— James Dockery (@JamesDockery31) March 13, 2015
Dockery joins the Raiders following stints with the Cleveland Browns (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-14). His career totals include 31 games played with two starts, 30 tackles (25 solo) and two passes defensed.
Last season with the Panthers, he played in seven games and posted 10 tackles (nine solo) after re-signing with the team in October.
The Palm Desert, Calif., native was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Dockery played in 38 games with 25 starts over four seasons at Oregon State, totaling 106 tackles, six interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
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