The Oakland Raiders believe it or not are moving in the right direction and at this point the secondary looks more potent than it was in 2012. the team brought in a decent group of veterans that will mesh well on the field once the season begins.
Just days ago the Raiders certainly didn’t look it after the release of Michael Huff. Yet, general manager Reggie McKenzie worked his magic and the secondary has become the strength of the team.
Currently there's only two first rounders on the roster and a signifcant amount of dead money until next season. That has significantly made it more difficult in bringing in a big name to the Raiders.
Instead McKenzie has decided to make moves that will help for the short-term and long-term goals of the franchise. This definitely was a need for a franchise that needed an overhaul of its roster and so far he's done an outstanding job.
Success on the field in 2013 won't come easy and the possibility of some struggles. There's one thing for sure the team will compete.
When Huff signed elsewhere the secondary needed help as strong safety Tyvon Branch remained. A week later cornerback Phillip Adams got re-signed by the team.
He remand focus and managed to scrounge up some effective defensive backs in free agency that love the chance to on playing for the Raiders no matter what the circumstances may lie ahead.
Oakland started last week improving their depleted secondary by adding cornerback Tracy Porter, a young veteran that had some health issues this past season. But is a solid talent and fills right into the secondary adding a new dimension that only improves it.
Monday another talent corner that will work across Porter was signed. Mike Jenkins previously with the Dallas Cowboys signed. Jenkins had a fall back his past two seasons in the NFL but is still a very respectable corner whose best season came in 2009 where he was selected to the Pro-Bowl.
McKenzie certainly wasn’t done on Tuesday he really had fun by re-signing two of his own free agents defensive end Andre Carter and cornerback Janselo Hanson. Who both will provide depth at their respectable positions come fall.
The breaking news of the week came on Tuesday afternoon with the signing of free safety Usama Young formerly with the Cleveland Browns that was originally reported by Pro Football Talk. Young will rejoin his former Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen, now with the Raiders. With the Browns, he managed four interceptions in 29 appearances.
The main plan of McKenzie is rebuilding but in reality Oakland’s secondary is actually shaping up to become a credible unit.
Who knows’ what other surprises McKenzie has up his sleeve this off season leading up to the draft and beyond.
List off-season Raiders transactions
Raiders sign QB Seneca Wallace
Ravens sign LB Rolando McClain
Raiders re-sign CB Joselio Hanson
Raiders sign S Usama Young
Raiders re-sign DE Andre Carter
Raiders sign CB Mike Jenkins
Patriots sign DT Tommy Kelly
Raiders waive G Jason Slowey
Raiders waive ILB Rolando McClain
Cardinals acquire QB Carson Palmer for conditional 2014 7th-rounder
Raiders sign CB Tracy Porter
Colts sign WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
Ravens sign S Michael Huff
Raiders cut DT Tommy Kelly
Texans sign P Shane Lechler
Panthers sign S Michael Mitchell
Raiders re-sign OT Khalif Barnes
Raiders sign OLB Kevin Burnett