The Oakland Raiders have signed guard Cooper Carlisle and cornerback Shawntae Spencer.
Spencer comes to Oakland after spending the last eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He recorded 345 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and 11 interceptions in 98 games (72 starts).
Spencer was recently released by the 49ers now he comes across the bay to join the Raiders on a one year deal. He joins Ron Bartell as the second cornerback signing with the team this offseason. This signing should come as no surprise since new Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver worked with him during his time with the 49ers.
But he’s 30 years old like Bartell and had recent injuries; Spencer was kept out last season with a hamstring injury.
When he returned in good health toward the end of last season Spencer had lost his job to, Carlos Rodgers whom recently re-signed a long-term deal. Basically this made the former starter Spencer become expendable. Monday the Raiders signed him to a short one-year deal making their long-term options at corner open.
Raider Nation is quite familiar with Carlisle that played the last five seasons with the Silver and Black, starting 79 of 80 games. Last season, Carlisle started every game and was part of an offensive line that set a franchise record by allowing only 25 sacks, the third-lowest total in the NFL.
I’m glad to see Carlisle back with the Raiders. But I don’t feel that Spencer is the long term answer. I anticipate the team goes forward as planned to host cornerback Tracy Porter this week. He is younger with playoff experience and he can become the long term answer for the Raiders secondary at the cornerback position something that was missing last season due the loss of Nnamdi Asomugha.