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Raiders sign former Packers CB

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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  • C2E

    Chow

  • The Big Banana

    Zzzzzzz

  • BadMoodGuy

    That’s great, I never thought we’d see him back in the Silver and Black once he left for GB. The Raiders are getting back to having impact players on the back 4. Fantastic pick up there Reggie.

    Oh wait, it is some low character Underwood guy. Marvelous.

  • JLofty

    girlsinyogapants.com
    Outfreakingstanding…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Time to draft more corners!!

  • The Big Banana

    Underwood seems like a grade A chump. Never lay your hands on a woman, especially the mother of your children. Chump

  • JLofty

    #6 concur. However we don’t know any facts. Heresay.

  • 24

    #4 JLofty…cheers to that.

  • Raiders for life

    I don’t recall seeing Underwood play…is he even any good?

  • Silverandblack666

    “Underwood seems like a grade A chump. Never lay your hands on a woman, especially the mother of your children. Chump”

    Check this out: http://jerseyal.com/GBP/2011/07/06/brandon-underwood-no-more-second-chances/

    Well I guess McClain is not going anywhere, at least he didn’t lay hands on a woman.

  • 24

    JLofty – The tumblr version has a little “extra” if you didn’t know already. http://girlsinyogapants.tumblr.com/

  • Silverandblack666

    I understand giving a guy a second chance I hope he is on a short leash with Reggie because if you are looking for trouble in Oakland or SF its not as hard to find as it is in Wisconsin.

  • DutchRaider77

    I understand giving a guy a second chance I hope he is on a short leash with Reggie because if you are looking for trouble in Oakland or SF its not as hard to find as it is in Wisconsin.

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    Just hope sombody reminds him of the Adam-Apple rule, cause your right this is not wisconsin…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Well, there goes the Character guy’s, theories. ;-)

  • 24

    #10 Wow…that article is impactful. I’m none too pleased that we’ve signed Underwood. 3rd’s a time I guess. Lets hope the dude has turned his life around but one mess up…and hes out of the NFL. Hell…maybe he doesn’t even make it through training camp. Hes just another body.

  • hwnrdr

    Nothing much on this guy except that he beat his wife…4 ints his senior year and that’s it? Is it for camp fodder?

  • 24

    3rd times a charm I meant…

  • DutchRaider77

    Well, there goes the Character guy’s, theories.

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    Well the Packers did release him in September and nobody picked him up, he must know this is his last shot.

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy how did you finish you nap and go to the store in under 4 hrs?

    Just getting ready to nap (bath, diaper change) takes 30 mins alone.

    Are you really out there hustling up listings?

    Ha ha, yeah, that was a joke.

  • CanuckRaider

    Hookers? I just thought they were old hippie chicks. Too bad they split when I went to the bathroom. If memory serves me correctly, that was the same night that I lost my wallet.

  • M Lonetree

    watching the two Mikes in the early morning they were gabbing about people who will truly tell it like it is among NFL players. Linebackers won the prize hands down.
    Reggie, Reggie!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Well, he did get a ring…LOL

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    2010 SEASON: Played in 12 games, all on special teams, and ranked fourth on the team with 11 tackles…Posted a coverage stop in eight of those 12 contests…Added three special teams tackles in the postseason…Was competing for the nickel CB job in training camp and for a while had the inside track, but injured his shoulder in the preseason vs. Indianapolis (Aug. 26) and was inactive for the first two regular-season contests…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Posted two special teams tackles, matching his career high, for the first of three times in the regular season…At Atlanta (Nov. 28): Tied season and career high with two coverage tackles…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Had two special teams tackles for the third time on the year as the Giants averaged just 18.6 yards on eight kickoff returns and 4.3 yards on three punt returns…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Had two tackles on punt coverage, one a stop of Devin Hester after an 11-yard return. The tackle, coming after a 58-yard punt, pinned the Bears at their own 29 with 2:53 left as the Packers were protecting a 21-14 lead. Downed a 32-yard Tim Masthay punt at the Chicago 3 in the first quarter.

    http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Brandon-Underwood/8ffcdb34-057f-4b54-ac50-8baf0dde925c

  • 24

    Underwood and I share the same birthday…damn him.

  • Silverandblack666

    “I don’t recall seeing Underwood play…is he even any good?”

    Good question.

    This is what one article said about him:

    “Regardless of what happens, you should know you are quickly writing your way out of Green Bay. Just as poor decisions cost you a marriage and a family, they are costing you a job. Because it’s not just your off-the-field antics that are screwing up your chances, it is the fact that you have done squat as a cornerback or even as a special teams player.

    You had ample opportunities to have it all, and you blew it.”

  • CanuckRaider

    #23: In other words, a decent special-teamer with upside but possible personal problems.

  • hwnrdr

    Well, I guess its a wait and see kinda thing…did he even play this past year?

  • Marks hair

    We cant find a special teamer with better character?

  • Marks hair

    We need db help, but he looks like cancer on paper.. I guess reggie has some insight on the kid situation. Hey at least he wont draw 17 flags

  • Raiders for life

    Well, Reggie did say that “you don’t need high dollar players to win football games.”
    This may be the first of many cheap transactions that will be a wait and see….

  • http://chasmalloy.com Chas Malloy

    Huff is a tough player and at CB will thrive under Coach Allen

  • Just Win Baby

    Underwood = camp fodder

  • skeeter

    Underwood is better than u think he will pass the Raider test .

  • skeeter

    Reggie know what Underwood can do. just wait . he is a football player who can hit and cover. Reggie found this kid and know he has changed.give him a chance .the past is the past.