By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:19 am in Oakland Raiders.
The National Football Post is reporting the Raiders had Hawaii safety Mana Silva in for a visit.
Silva had 14 interceptions over the last two seasons, including eight last season. He had a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
The Raiders presently have two strong safety-type players in Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell, neither of whom has shown the type of ball skills to be a free safety in the Raiders’ single deep system. At free safety, Hiram Eugene was signed to a four-year contract before the lockout was imposed, Stevie Brown is a second-year player who showed promise as a seventh-round draft pick, and Michael Huff will hit the open market after his contract voided.
(ESPN reports the void was mandated by a 30 percent rule, but the effect is the same _ Huff will be a unrestricted free agent pending a CBA _ just as he said he would all season).
In other player developments, Central Washington running back Taiwan Jones, whom the Raiders were watching closely at his pro day at Los Medanos College in Pittsburgh, said he was late getting back from a visit to Miami and missed a visit with the Raiders in Alameda. Jones, who attended but didn’t work out at the Pro Day with the 49ers, said he wasn’t aware of a rescheduled date with Oakland.