OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda native Keelan Doss, the star UC Davis wide receiver who was a major Raiders training camp storyline on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ when he was signed, then waived by the team last month, re-signed with the team on Sunday.
Numerous reports Sunday afternoon detailed the signing, but Doss himself confirmed the news Sunday evening on Twitter. The 23-year-old said he was “happy to be back in the Bay.”
— ✨KeelanDoss✨ (@keelandoss) September 9, 2019
NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo detailed the intricacies of the contract. Doss was offered a $300,000 signing bonus with a fully guaranteed $495,000 base salary, according to Garafolo.
It also appears to be a dream come true for Doss, who grew up a Raiders fan in the shadows of the team headquarters in Alameda.
Doss was a widely-touted prospect from Alameda High School before heading to UC Davis, setting program records for career receptions (312), receiving yards (4,069) and 100-yard games (19).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder also logged 28 receiving touchdowns, the most in the program’s Division I history. As a senior, he appeared in all 13 contests and totaled 118 receptions for 1,334 yards and nine scores, earning consensus All-American honors for the second consecutive season. But Doss went undrafted in the 2019 NFL draft before the Raiders originally signed him in April.
In four preseason contests, he led the team in receptions (17) and receiving yards (162) and added one touchdown. It appeared that he may have earned a roster spot only to be included among Oakland’s final roster cuts.
Doss was waived in August and almost immediately joined the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.
The Raiders’ need for a wide receiver was spurred by the bizarre exit of Antonio Brown. The gifted wide receiver reeled between wanting to play with Oakland and demanding his release after a series of fines for not showing up for practice and using a racial slur during a practice field altercation with GM Mike Mayock.
After Oakland released him, Brown quickly signed a one-year, $15 million contract with defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Doss should be ready to be on the Raiders active roster in two days’ time.