Spencer reportedly added to roster


Multiple media outlets are reporting the addition of cornerback Shawntae Spencer to the Raiders roster.

Spencer fell out of favor with the 49ers last season and played in nine games with no starts. He is a veteran of 77 starts and is familiar with defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who was the 49ers staff throughout his career in San Francisco.

Oakland has also been lined with cornerback Tracy Porter, who played for Dennis Allen in New Orleans. Spencer ideally would provide experience as a nickel corner should Oakland bring aboard another corner to go along with second-year players DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa.

The Raiders confirmed Spencer visited the facility Friday but have not yet confirmed his signing.

One plan considered by the previous coaching staff has apparently been scuttled. Free safety Michael Huff said Monday afternoon he will remain a safety.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • raider till i die

    Another good move bye Reggie obviously he sees the defence ass the weakness so far no body is signed or targetted on the offencive side of the ball

  • raider till i die

    We might sign Beasly in the off season with out giving up any picks or players even better don’t u think ???

  • The best thing about the Manning signing is going to be watching him get a serious injury. You know God isn’t going to let Elway go unpunished for this.

  • Raiderbuck

    Peyton Manning is dead to me. I don’t know this Spencer guy, is he any good?

  • J Hill

    We might sign Beasly in the off season with out giving up any picks or players even better don’t u think ???


    We’re going to Amnesty Artest, and then trade for Beasley.

    We’ll end up with Session, Hill, and Beasley instead of Artest, Fisher, Walton, and Kapono. Who cares if we saved some money in the process of making our roster BETTER????

  • J Hill

    244.Dakota Says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    by James Brady

    Shawntae Spencer is not a cornerback who should stay unemployed for very long. The San Francisco 49ers announced his release on Thursday for a couple of reasons, none of which fall into the category of “not performing to expectations.” In fact, Spencer continually outperformed what was expected of him while playing for the 49ers, and was always better than he’ll ever be given credit for. It was injuries and a lack of familiarity that made the 49ers go in another direction – they simply had other plans for the cornerback position.

    A lockout and some training camp injuries forced Spencer into inactivity for much longer than he was actually injured, and once he did return, he got hurt again. These aren’t injuries that look terribly bad on his resume, considering it was turf toe that sidelined him a second time (or something like it), and that’s essentially unavoidable. In short, the 49ers just weren’t able to dedicate time to catching him up to speed on the system and giving him time when they have a guy like Carlos Rogers having a breakout year and rookie Chris Culliver trying to learn the ropes.

    Now, the 49ers are trying to get younger at the position, with Perrish Cox being brought in as a guy who is high on potential, and there’s not a whole lot of room for an aging Spencer. More than that, there’s not a whole lot of room for a guy who is making more than $3 million and was not healthy in 2011.

    And that’s why the cut was made, more than anything – he’s not going to make $3 million per year. That isn’t to say he can’t play at that level for one season, he just can’t convince a team of that before actually getting onto a football field. Before all of the lockout nonsense, Spencer had worked his way into the starting lineup and was easily better than Nate Clements at most things – especially coverage.

    Spencer won the starting job back when he wasn’t even considered a factor. He wasn’t even given the “dark horse” candidate label, he just simply was a non-factor. Then he impressed Greg Manusky and the rest of the 49ers coaching staff, and he got the job. He covered very well, though he didn’t force a lot of turnovers. One thing Spencer did very well was cover Larry Fitzgerald, something that remains somewhat of an anomaly at this point.

    At any rate, I’m establishing that Spencer has something left in the tank, providing that he’s healthy, and will find a team and get some playing time in 2012.

  • raider till i die

    Our d bees were terrible any body we get is an up grade

  • It’s ridiculous to say the Broncos are even the favorite in the AFC West just because they signed Manning. I would take Rivers over Manning at this point.

  • Howard Balzer ‏ @HBalzer721 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Raiders re-signed G Cooper Carlisle, who they recently released. Denver re-signs UFA OL Manny Ramirez.
    Retweeted by Jerry McDonald
    The Coop is back.

  • Nnamdi21

    Dakota Says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    37.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    low priced players = low results….its gonna svck

    Is that why Al Davis’ teams lead the NFL in payroll and still sucked dik for all these years?


    How can we lead the NFL in payroll when its capped?

  • kellygreenninja

    Welcome back Cooper Carlisle.

  • raiders510

    Man Tracy Porter is gettn too much for a average corner back.. I think theres better options out there at cB.. Just cuz he made a big play in SB doesnt mean hes good

  • J Hill

    Carlisle resigning gives him major Raider points in my book.

  • J Hill

    Read that Brisiel played some C in Houston too.


  • OAKLAND RAIDERS ‏ @RAIDERS Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    The Raiders have re-signed guard Cooper Carlisle and signed free agent cornerback Shawntae Spencer.

  • aig-raiders

    Cool. Cooper is back. He’s not bad.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Matt Giordano, if still on the roster, should start over Huff….Huff should be a nickle or dime safety (3rd option) with Mitchel being the 4th…

  • Elway just paid a ton of money to have Manning mentor Tebow. It’s that simple. He knows Manning would need oxygen and a uniform made out of vaetrex to play in that high altitude cold weather. Elways not stupid. Manning will be Tebows mentor. Its that simple.

    And besides, the international Tebow fan club, which is head quartered out of Denver, would not let Manning start over Tebow. Elways knows this. He brought PM on board to tutor Tebow. I’d love to see PM start against us, but it ain’t gonna happen. No sir.

    Tebow is a Bronco for the long haul. Manning is just a 1-2 year mentor. If anyone really thinks Elway is that stupid, fine. Tebow time is here to stay. PM would freeze in Denver if he were to start games in the winter. And he’ll be sucking air. What a brilliant move by Elway to bring in Manning as a tutor to Tebow.

    On the other hand, what is Manning thinking going to high altitude Denver with cold weather. Not good for old bones. Or, get this, he knows he ain’t there to play football. Just rake in cool cat millions by the truck load to be a mentor to Tebow. Brilliant.

    Can you honestly tell me you’d prefer tundra weather to play in? No. Dressed warm with gloves and a clipboard and making millions is cool.

  • The Oracle

    Safety Yeremiah Bell just got released, freeing up cap space. He’ been stout and is never hurt…

    Raiders are not set at S…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    yeah! bring Peyton! we gonna kick their butts twice a year!awesome!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    @58 Rivers over Manning….that is funny…

  • The Oracle

    Just waiting on the “Alex Smith signs with Miami” tweet to make my week…

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Manning, if healthy, is the league’s most valuable player! No question about it!

  • Why do the Patriots like our rejects so much?

  • raider till i die

    We would be better with Beasly than artest in the starting spot wat about the bench?? Still kinda week don’t u think Any suggestions ??

  • Buzz, I think your buzzed.

  • The Oracle

    Yes, I am sure that all the talk about Manning bringing in his disciples like Saturday, Clark, etc. etc. creates a bonding effect with the Donkey incumbent players…hahaha.

    Lets see how the circus unfolds…95 million? Ouch.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Manning not only has played on a team with no viable Defense his entire carerr, but he has essentially coached the Offense, and lead as the team’s Offensive coordinator.

    He had a streak of games prior to his injury, he never complained, never jumped ship for a better opportunity, and set a great example for the sport and the league.

    Not to mention the guy is a dam good QB….arguably the NFL’s best in this era….considering Brady has a Hall of Fame coach…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    you think slowlando is gonna say playing Manning twice a year is like playing in the SEC!

  • The Oracle

    Thanks Johnny horseteeth, you made my season tix go up in value, somewhat. Talk about a win-win…

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    New England’s brass respects all of Al Davis’ decisions…..that’s why they hoard our talent!

  • Raider E

    P.Manning may be a hall of fame QB and all, but through the years he has always been a choke artist. He will get a team to the big game or close, but unless the he is up against Rex Grossman forget about him getting the win.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Choke artist? Based on what criteria?

    If we are basing “our” decisions on Super Bowl losses then Brady has more than Manning….

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Calling Manning a Hall of Famer and a choke artist in the same sentence is the funniest thing I’ve heard all week!

  • The Oracle

    Aaron Curry tweeted earlier today that Archie Manning was the new owner of the Donkos?

    God bless him…

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  • poprox13

    new post

  • The Oracle

    81.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    New England’s brass respects all of Al Davis’ decisions…..that’s why they hoard our talent!

    Didn’t you hear Mike Lombardi say that Bellichek and he stole many of Al’s tactics and used them while at Cleveland? Bill said himself that talking to Al for a half hour is like reading a football encyclopedia…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Good resigning for the Raiders- Cooper!

  • JLofty

    Hope these guys Reggie/Dennis/jason/Gregg/etal are up for the challenge of getting more out of less. I feel good about the D’s chances of not sucking as I blame Al for much of what has been wrong with the D in the last 10 yrs….

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders OLine:

    Vehldeer Carlisle Wisniewski Brisiel Campbell/Barksdale

    Vehldeer Wisniewski Brisiel Carlisle Campbell/Barksdale

    Vehldeer Brisiel Wisniewski Carlisle Campbell/Barksdale

    Solid Oline whichever scenario Dennis goes with.

  • raiders510

    The Raiders are being disrespected by the media saying that the Broncos are automatically the favorites of the west.. U better believe the Raiders arengonna go so bad on Manning were gna make him hate us.. Cant wait to see how Raiders handle the situation I think Dennis Allen brought a similar bounty to Denver when he was DC cuz them guys Were playing like there out for blood.. Especially first game vs Mcfadden.. Hopefully thats how he gets our defense to play