One of the things Reggie McKenzie said would be a big part of the Oakland Raiders new structure would be that he would bring in “character guys.” I guess we should have asked him to be more specific as to what kind of character. First, he all but completely pardons Rolando McClain for his indiscretions from last season, then he picked up Brandon Underwood out of Green Bay, and now (according to Adam Caplan via Twitter) Coye Francies is a Raider.
Back when Francies was at OSU, he was arrested for illegal weapons possession (charges later dropped), and he was later dismissed from Oregon State for “violation of team rules” in his senior year. He would eventually transfer to San Jose, and somehow gets himself drafted in the 6th round by the Cleveland Browns. So, what does he do with his opportunity in Cleveland? He starts off by acting like a total jerk.
As chronicled in this ESPN article, Francies couldn’t take a simple joke which simply amounted to very light rookie hazing, and decided to throw a tantrum, along with ice and a few punches. Not exactly a good way to impress your new team, or your new teammates. But, Francies made the club and stuck around for two years. During his two years in Cleveland he appeared in a total of 7 games and recorded 5 tackles and 1 pass defensed. He did not play in any games in 2011.
This is kind of a baffling pick up. While the Raiders certainly don’t have an elite cornerback stable, but it’s difficult to see what Francies adds to the equation. Obviously McKenzie must have seen something in him that most of us can’t see on the surface. The only conceivable reason for Francies being on the team is because he was a kick return specialist in college (the team could be getting desperate in light of Jacoby Ford’s injury), but he has not returned any kicks in the NFL. Also, with his 4.63 40 yard dash time, it’s hard to see him outrunning even the kicker himself.
Again, this move is not yet confirmed by the team, so we’ll have to stand by to see which player gets his pink slip tomorrow in favor of Francies.