Oakland’s general manager Reggie McKenzie is trying his best in making best of what he has to work with; among the very limited picks in this year’s draft and tight salary cap, the Raiders signed 4 players that will help upgrade the defensive-side of the football and another player to solidify the QB stockpile.
On April 9th, they signed cornerback Mike Jenkins, safety Usama Young and defensive end Andre Carter to free-agent contracts.
Jenkins spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys. He started 48 games in his career but only two last season. He had five interceptions and made the Pro Bowl in 2009 but has just two interceptions the past three seasons.
Young played the last two seasons in Cleveland after spending four years in New Orleans, where Raiders coach Dennis Allen was secondary coach. He has seven interceptions and 22 passes defensed in 81 games.
Carter signed with the Raiders early last season and had 2½ sacks in 12 games.
Joselio Hanson returns to the Raiders for a second season after the team signed him as a free agent late in camp last year. He had spent the previous six seasons in Philadelphia where he was the Eagles long time slot corner.
The next day, the Raiders settled on Seneca Wallace as their third quarterback. They apparently chose Wallace over Tyler Thigpen as they were looking for another quarterback to go with Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.
Wallace, who has played for the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns, was out of the league last year.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer