The Raiders completed contracts with their rookie draft class rather quickly. Third-round edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was the exception.
The Michigan State product joined the group on Friday afternoon, signing his rookie deal a day after the Raiders offseason program concluded. The delay didn’t elevate cause for concern. The rookie wage scale eliminates contract wiggle room, and he never missed a practice waiting for a deal.
According to the draft slotting system, Calhoun signed a four-year contract worth $3,130,136, which includes a $790,136 signing bonus. That money is guaranteed.
“It’s great to know I’m going to be a part of the Raiders (organization),” Calhoun said in a video posted by the team. “It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders.
“Stay tuned. There’s a lot in store from No. 91, and the rest of the Raider Nation. Be prepared for a great season.”
Calhoun impressed many within the Raiders organization during the offseason program, flashing solid technique rushing the passer. He’ll primarily work off the edge as a rotational rusher, offering injury protection for Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack.
The Raiders have now signed all seven draft picks heading into a quiet period in the NFL calendar.