The Raiders announced the signing of ex-College of the Pacific signal-caller Tom Flores. The 6’1”, 190-pound Flores was one of the country’s top passers during his junior and senior years with the Tigers and, after college, spent time with the Washington Redskins in training camp. After being cut by the Redskins, he moved north to play with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders, then joined the Bakersfield Spoilers of the Pacific Football Conference, where he played mostly on defense. A recurring shoulder injury eventually forced him out of the game.
Despite Flores’s shoulder problems, Eddie Erdelatz called him early in 1960 to see if he wanted to give pro football one more go. According to the Raider head coach, Flores was reluctant to return to the game, but Erdelatz was persistent and suggested some exercises that he thought would help. Persuaded, Flores worked hard to rebuild his strength and when Raider backfield coach Ernie Jorge saw him at a Pacific alumni game in the spring, Jorge was impressed and convinced Erdelatz to sign him. By all account, his shoulder was in great shape and Flores was now the biggest quarterback on the Raider roster in both size and the esteem of Raider management.
Meanwhile, the team’s business office released updated season ticket information, saying the total sold was now 7,900. However, the team also revised the season’s expected sale downward from 18,000 to a figure between 10,000 and 12,000.