The Oakland Raiders have announced the signing of cornerback Tarell Brown. General manager Reggie McKenzie continues to build the defense through free agency after grabbing linebacker LaMarr Woodley and defensive end Justin Tuck yesterday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Raiders agreed with Brown on a one year deal worth 3.5 million dollars fully guaranteed.
The 29 year old Brown comes to Oakland from their Bay Area rival, the San Francisco 49ers, where he made 42 starts in the past three seasons. The 5'10", 195 pound Brown started all 16 games in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he played in 13 games with 10 starts. In those 10 starts, he recorded 32 tackles and 10 pass defenses. In the previous two years, he intercepted six passes and has 11 interceptions in his seven year career.
The Raiders lost cornerback Tracy Porter to the Washington Redskins earlier in the week. Brown should be able to complete for playing time and possibly take over the nickle cornerback spot vacated when Porter left via free agency. The team's other starting cornerback Mike Jenkins is also a free agent, but has not signed anywhere yet. Oakland also has 2013 first round pick DJ Hayden to work with in the secondary.
Oakland also had visits today from defensive linemen Antonio Smith and tackle Donald Penn. There has been no word on anything from those meetings, but the Raiders have been very busy in the first week of NFL free agency. Tackle Michael Oher has supposed to visit, but he struck a deal with the Tennessee Titans today. Another Oakland possible target, defensive linemen B.J. Raji re-signed with the Green Bay Packers.