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Though Yamen Sanders attended rookie camp with the Raiders, Oakland did not offer the former Montana safety a contract at the conclusion of the three-day event.

After going undrafted, the NFL's Raiders invited Sanders to a mini camp in Almeda, California that began last Friday. The Griz competed alongside dozens of other rookies with some, like Sanders, there on strictly a tryout basis.

Only three such tryout players were signed to contracts after the final snap of the three-day gathering Sunday. None was a defensive back.

Sanders, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, made 32 tackles as a senior in 2016 with one interception and a half sack. He was a two-year starter for the Griz after transferring from FBS Arizona before the 2015 season.

Next up it's former Griz quarterback Brady Gustafson's turn with the Chicago Bears. Gustafson and the Bears were in talks for nearly a week before an invitational to Chicago's rookie mini camp was finally finalized Monday. He leaves Thursday for the three-day camp that begins the next morning.

Gustafson and Sanders hope to join fellow recent Griz alumni Caleb Kidder and JR Nelson in earning NFL contracts. Both players agreed to deals with franchises in the hours following the NFL draft on April 29, but officially signed their paperwork more recently.

Kidder inked with the Minnesota Vikings on May 1 while Nelson finalized his deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Both players were in their respective rookie mini camps over the weekend.

Of course a contract in hand doesn't mean anything yet. Teams may carry 90 players on their respective rosters during offseason camps before the roster limit drops significantly to 53 ahead of the regular season.

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