Former Eskimos DL Nick Usher to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders

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The Edmonton Eskimos have released defensive lineman Nick Usher to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, per sources.

Usher worked out for the Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers in December.

Usher made 36 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles for the Esks during the 2019 season. The 24-year-old pass rusher was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He was released prior to training camp, worked out for the Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots and inked a pact with the Pats.

He registered five tackles in one pre-season game, but New England released Usher among the final roster cuts. Usher joined the Esks practice roster that October and played eight games in 2018 making seven tackles, three special teams stops, one sack and forced one fumble.

The Los Angeles native played in the NCAA for the University of Texas at El Paso. Usher suited up in 45 games for the Miners posting 178 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three knockdowns, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 10 teams attended the UTEP pro day where Usher ran a 4.69 40-yard time, 4.57 shuttle, 7.50 three-cone, 31-inch vertical, 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump and did 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

NFL teams had background information on Usher which gave the Raiders a reference point for a return shot.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.