The Raiders announced the signing of a pair of speedy halfbacks to bolster their squad. Ray Peterson, out of West Virginia, had been a top sprinter for the Mountaineers. Wayne Schneider, a graduate of Oakland High School, had been named All-Skyline Conference for Colorado State in 1958 and held the school’s career rushing record at the time of his graduation. Both teams had originally been picked in the AFL draft by Buffalo, while Peterson had been chosen in the 14th round by the Eagles in the NFL draft. However, both players were free agents at the time of their signing by the Raiders.
The team also announced that Commissioner Foss had approved the squad colors of black, gold, and white.