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Dominic Rhodes Signs with Raiders

Running back Dominic Rhodes has signed with the Oakland Raiders, ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli reports.

Running back Dominic Rhodes, one of the heroes of the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship less than two months ago, is headed to the team that finished the 2006 season with the league’s worst record.

Rhodes on Friday morning agreed with the Oakland Raiders on a two-year contract that can be worth as much as $7.5 million, league sources confirmed for Rhodes had generated considerable interest as an unrestricted free agent and made several visits, but met with Oakland officials earlier this week and was sold on the opportunity there.

The six-year veteran will serve as an insurance policy for the Raiders, in the event incumbent starter LaMont Jordan does not bounce back from the medial collateral ligament injury that limited him to nine games in 2006. More likely, however, the two will split the ball-carrying duties in the Oakland backfield.

This, along with Thursday’s trade of Willis McGahee to the Ravens for a bag of magic beans (okay, some mid-level draft picks) would seem to exemplify the diminished value teams are placing on running backs these days. Oddly, though, teams will continue to use 1st round picks on them, as the Bills did with McGehee.

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