By Steve Corkran
Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 4:54 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders signed cornerback Brandon Underwood on Thursday, the first signing of a player from the team Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie spent 18 years working for.
Underwood, 25, appeared in 23 games for the Packers in 2009 and 2010. He was released last September soon after his arrest for a physical altercation with his wife. He later pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.
The Raiders released starting cornerback Stanford Routt last week, which puts them in a position where they need someone to come in and assert himself as a reliable player.
Chris Johnson and Routt began the season as starters for the Raiders last season. It’s likely that neither will be on the roster this season.
That leaves the Raiders with only Underwood, Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke as options at cornerback as of now, unless defensive coordinator Jason Tarver follows through with the plan of the old regime to convert free safety Michael Huff to cornerback.
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