WORCESTER, MA – Saturday night Assumption tight end, Scott Simonson, was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Oakland Raiders. The deal comes with a standard three-year minimum salary contract with a $1000 signing bonus according to Simonson. While Simonson admits he was nervous at the conclusion of the draft, he had faith that things would work out.
“It was tough seeing the seventh round go-bye and not to hear your name,” admitted Simonson. “But I knew I couldn’t hang my head and just needed to stay positive.”
Simonson received a call Saturday night from his agent, Bill Parise, notifying him that the Raiders were interested in signing him. Right before Simonson gave his agent the definite yes, his phone began to rang showing a California number.
“I’m talking with my agent and I look down thinking the Raiders are calling me,” explained Simonson. “But as soon as I switched over to talk, they told me it was the San Diego Chargers and that they were interested in signing me as well.”
Simonson notified his agent immediately to discuss what the New Jersey native's next move should be.
“I knew that I had to look things before making a final decision,” said Simonson. “My agent and I talked looking over the number of tight ends for each team trying to figure out what would be the best fit and deal for me. At that the time, the Chargers had six tight ends on their roster while the Raiders only had four. The Chargers said I’d most likely be a practice squad player so I knew that Oakland would the place for me to go.”
During the week, Simonson had heavy talks with both the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions and expected them to have offers for him. However, with the Lions drafting tight end Eric Ebron (North Carolina) in the first-round and being unable to get in contact with the Broncos Saturday night, talks quickly folded.
“I knew after the Lions drafted Ebron that going to Detroit wasn’t probably going to be my best option,” Simonson admitted. “It’s tough when you talk to a team and you think one thing all week and then something else happens. But that’s part of the business and you can’t get upset over it.”
Simonson will be leaving for Oakland mini-camp either Monday or Tuesday and expects to go out there ready to compete.
“I’m very excited to have the chance to compete at this level,” Simonson added. “It’s a dream come true but also the beginning of a new challenge. I want to go out there and show them what I have to offer and earn a spot in Oakland.”
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