ALAMEDA – Marcel Reece likes silver and black. The Raiders fullback didn’t want to change colors, not even to test a possibly lucrative free agent market.
He wanted to stay put. On Friday afternoon, the Raiders made that happen. General manager Reggie McKenzie signed Reece to a three-year contract extension that will keep him here through 2016. According the NFL Network, Reece's deal is worth a whopping $13 million over three years, with $7.2 million in guarantees. It's believed to be the largest contract ever given to a fullback.
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“It’s the next step to being a Raider for life,” Reece said. “I’m looking forward to the next few years of being a part of Raider Nation.”
The connection between Reece and franchise isstrong. The Raiders picked him up off the street after the Dolphins, who signed Reece as an undrafted free agent, let him go.
He went from the practice squad to the starting lineup to the Pro Bowl with as a versatile fullback who can block, catch passes and run like a half back.
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The Raiders gave him a chance when no one else would, and he’s bought into the Raider way.
“It’s the mystique, the attitude, the way they go about playing football and what the Raiders stand for as an organization,” Reece said. “I have tremendous respect for the David family. It’s a perfect fit between player and team.”
McKenzie is trying to find good fits for this team, and is using future credit to do so. They’ve been handcuffed by the salary cap but, with more that $50 million in cap space in 2014, the Raiders are looking toextend players they want to keep.
In that vein, Reece's 2012 salary of $1.73 million remains unchanged.
Reece’s extension is the third given by the Raiders since training camp began. They signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long snapper Jon Condo to extensions as part of an effort to secure playersentering a contract year well before they hit the free-agent market.
The Raiders approached Reece during the preseason and Reece open to an extension. A career year would’ve increased his total take, but Reece valued security over maximizing dollars.
“The opportunity came about and I jumped at it,” Reece said. “I’ve always said I wanted to stay here. I want to wear this jersey and be remembered as a Raider. “The timing of it was good for me because I wanted to get the business side of it out of the way. I didn’t want to worry about it all season. I’m glad it worked out because I love the Davis family. They allowed me to pursue my dreams. It’s a perfect fit.”