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Raiders turn sights toward cornerback

By Steve Corkran
Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 12:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie spent much of the first two weeks of free agency addressing the front seven on his team’s defense. Now, McKenzie has shifted his sights toward doing something about the dearth of talent at cornerback.
The Raiders reportedly are interested in veteran cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter. Jenkins played for the Dallas Cowboys his first five NFL seasons. Porter spent last season with the Denver Broncos after spending his first four NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
As of now, the Raiders are without a proven starting cornerback on their roster. Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer started at cornerback in the opener last season, but they now are free agents that aren’t likely being asked back by McKenzie.
Earlier this month, the Raiders checked into the prospect of signing veteran cornerback Terence Newman. As of last night, Newman said he still hasn’t decided whether to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals or go with the Raiders.
Regardless, it’s likely that the two players that start for the Raiders in the 2013 regular-season opener aren’t even on the roster right now. Signing Jenkins and/or Porter would change that right away.
This year’s draft features more than a handful of highly regarded cornerbacks, so McKenzie could find additional help through that avenue.
Some mock drafts project the Raiders taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the third pick of the first round. It says here, McKenzie either trades away the No. 3 pick for multiple draft picks or uses the selection on an offensive or defensive lineman.

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  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Another thing is that I think CB’s are overrated. One of the reasons they looked exposed is the lack of pressure on the quarterback. Even when we had Nnamdi, our pass D was still bad, due to the other side being lackluster. Without a solid front 7, there is too much stress on your CB. If Nnamdi couldn’t make the difference, what chance does a first rounder have? Strong DB’s come AFTER a strong Front 7.

  • Raider E

    Everyone says don’t draft geno because he is not Luck or RG11. I think everyone needs to realize that every draft doesn’t have a luck or RG11.

    The draft is as much about upside and scheme fit for a QB, more so than it is probability of being a hall of fame QB.

    Many good to great QB’s were not touted as highly as Luck and RG11, were picked in the first round, and went on to have impressive careers.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    I really like Porter and Jenkins.

    It’s 2009 right?

  • Twinkle

    Afternoon Nation.

    Had to laugh Judge….’dumpster diving’ hehehe…but I guess that is what this amounts to.Apparently we are now a whopping $2.9 mil under the cap right now so it very well could be that CP and/or DMac will be in different uni’s this season.Not a whole lot left of value imo.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Huge mistake to draft geno, sorry it is a no brainer for me, he can’t read defenses and slow to react that won’t change i will cry if he is drafted by reggie

  • eastoaklandraider

    if we are going to the 3-4 Floyd wont be the pick he is a 3 tech dt in the Wsapp mold star would be a better fit. i hope we drade down with ariz an draft Warmack.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Nick Bell ‏@Nbell3 16m

    Hue Jackson fans – Carson Palmer. Aaron Curry. 4 draft picks. Nothing to show for it. Yeah. Hue was great.
    Retweeted by Asher Mathews

  • DJ Johnny

    Bank-Bank Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Drafting Geno Smith would be another Huge Mistake by the Raiders.He’s not a Luck or Griffin 111 so,whats the rush.We need to sure up the D-line and the O-line first.Remember J.Russell——yeah I thought so.

    No way is Geno like Russell.

    We hear nothing but positive things on Geno regarding work ethic and love of football and desire to be great.

    Russell has much stronger arm, but…it didn’t go too far with us.

  • guest123

    buh bye golden haired hero!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Mr. Reggie needs to show us something solid, because after all he did sign a former basketball player and tried to turn him into a TE. How did that work out? I mean no disrespect. I just want my Raiders to be a dominate team again.

  • The_Judge37

    Kamikaze_Sensei Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Another thing is that I think CB’s are overrated. One of the reasons they looked exposed is the lack of pressure on the quarterback. Even when we had Nnamdi, our pass D was still bad, due to the other side being lackluster. Without a solid front 7, there is too much stress on your CB. If Nnamdi couldn’t make the difference, what chance does a first rounder have? Strong DB’s come AFTER a strong Front 7.
    ——–

    It’s a two way street. Doesn’t matter if you have a great Pass Rush if your CB’s can’t stop a 3step drop. There’s a reason they get paid just like WR’s

  • elraidmanhattan

    Carson, richard seymour is waiting outside to give you a lift to the airport, both of you can hand ojt turkeys

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Gil Brandt ‏@Gil_Brandt 4h

    Got call from @RosenhausSports, says he has 20 unsigned FAs (incl. Eric Winston, Jenkins). Been in biz 26 yrs, has never seen tighter mkt
    Retweeted by Asher Mathews

  • The_Judge37

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    Nick Bell ‏@Nbell3 16m

    Hue Jackson fans – Carson Palmer. Aaron Curry. 4 draft picks. Nothing to show for it. Yeah. Hue was great.
    Retweeted by Asher Mathews
    ——–

    That’s on Mark for making a Rookie HC into a Rookie GM.

  • raiderzmaverick

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    raiderzmaverick Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    I was pissed at first with all the people being let go in free agency or cut. But then I realized that our Defense has sucked so long, it can’t get any worse. So, if they build it up better for cheaper, that’s fine.
    ——-

    I understand Wheeler and Bryant went out and got paid, but letting Shaughnessy go to AZ for $1 mil while signing Jason Hunter for $800k upsets me.
    =====================
    Agree about Shonasty. He had a down year but looked great before the injury. Should’ve had him back easily.

  • RaiderRockstar

    buh bye golden haired hero!

    ***

    buh bye red-haired devil !

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    The logical explanation when you see transactions like ShoNasty leaving for 1 mill and signing a guy like Jason Hunter for 800K boils down to Reggie not keeping guys who don’t want to be Raiders.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Geno can’t be compared in any way to russell, he actually is a gym rat and bright so end of story

  • 8RaiderReign8

    So, if they build it up better for cheaper, that’s fine.
    ____________________________________

    Honestly if they keep the D the same for cheaper I’ll be fine

  • bank-bank

    Here we go again!Geno isn’t the answer.Im telling you just like I said when we were thinking about drafting you know who J.Russell.How did that turn out.Stop trust QBs on their pro days.Its OVERRATED.

  • The_Judge37

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    The logical explanation when you see transactions like ShoNasty leaving for 1 mill and signing a guy like Jason Hunter for 800K boils down to Reggie not keeping guys who don’t want to be Raiders.
    ——-

    Or Reggie is not that great of a talent evaluator, Who knows? We’ll see i guess.

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Kamikaze_Sensei Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Another thing is that I think CB’s are overrated. One of the reasons they looked exposed is the lack of pressure on the quarterback. Even when we had Nnamdi, our pass D was still bad, due to the other side being lackluster. Without a solid front 7, there is too much stress on your CB. If Nnamdi couldn’t make the difference, what chance does a first rounder have? Strong DB’s come AFTER a strong Front 7.
    ——–

    It’s a two way street. Doesn’t matter if you have a great Pass Rush if your CB’s can’t stop a 3step drop. There’s a reason they get paid just like WR’s

    Yes, but surely it’s easier to find a Cornerback that can cover for 3-5 seconds, than one who can cover for 5+?

  • Charlie

    Judge

    That has been the problem.

    Adams was an overweight, overpaid NT who at 30 made no contribution to our team due to lack of ability and injury. He “played” one season for us.
    Perhaps you are thinking of Ted Washington???
    Ted was another guy who came to us AFTER 13 years in the league and was useless on our 2004 and 2005 teams.

    Parrella was another guy who came to us at the end of his career and had nothing left. He played three seasons 2002-2004.

    This trend is precisely what we must avoid going forward.

    Old decrepit lineman get pummeled and lead to our LB’s, DB’s, QB’s and RB’s getting pummelled.

    Our best lineman are Veld, Wiz and Houston.

    How old are they and how did we get them?
    See the pattern?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    My guess is one of two things:

    1) Reggie was working toward a trade that was contingent upon Palmer restructuring his deal for the team he would be going to. If it was a team Palmer didn’t want to play for (Arizona? Buffalo?) he would refuse to restructure.

    2) Palmer’s agent made some discreet inquiries around the league and there’s at least 1 team out there willing to pay Palmer some decent dough if he forces himself to be cut.

  • DJ Johnny

    When the smoke clears on this we’ll see what’s up.

    It could be Reggie wants him to play for 1/4 his salary and that’s what Palmer is balking at. We don’t know yet.

    I wish we’d come to some conclusion on this either way.

    If there’s one thing i’d like to know it’s who our QB is gonna be next yr.

    If it’s Pryor…so be it..announce that he’s the front runner and move on.

    Let’s just get this settled if possible.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    2) Palmer’s agent made some discreet inquiries around the league and there’s at least 1 team out there willing to pay Palmer some decent dough if he forces himself to be cut

    ——————

    yep most agents do it.. which is why WIMBLEY refused a pay cut.. most likely happened at combine or league meetings last week

  • RaidingTexas

    The_Judge37 Says:

    That’s on Mark for making a Rookie HC into a Rookie GM.

    —————————————–

    Agreed. Mark had to give final approval. But it was Huebris’s idea.

  • The_Judge37

    NT’s are supposed to be Overweight. Our teams were good when Adam and Parrella were there. Barton, Beikert and Romo were free to cause havoc behind them so that’s a success, regardless of how long they played for us

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Our best TE is gone to the Giants. Who did we bring in to fill the TE gap? Mr. Reggie and Coach Allen should be working around the clock to fill the roster gaps in; but yet, week after week they take Friday-Monday off and sign no one. They should report to the Raiders headquarters daily, after their personal business is complete.

  • The_Judge37

    RaidingTexas Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:

    That’s on Mark for making a Rookie HC into a Rookie GM.

    —————————————–

    Agreed. Mark had to give final approval. But it was Huebris’s idea.
    ——–

    In hindsight is sucks, but at the time it was a good idea, bad execution. No one was here complaining about Aaron Curry at the time of the trade of during his season. Palmer was a good idea, just got royally hosed on price.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    The logical explanation when you see transactions like ShoNasty leaving for 1 mill and signing a guy like Jason Hunter for 800K boils down to Reggie not keeping guys who don’t want to be Raiders.
    ——-

    Or Reggie is not that great of a talent evaluator, Who knows? We’ll see i guess.
    ——————————-
    It is yet to be determined how Reggie is as a talent evaluator.

    One thing I do agree with is not retaining guys who aren’t interested in being Raiders.

    Shane wanted to be a Texan- bye
    .
    Wheeler and his girlfriend wanted to be in Miami- see ya.
    and so on and so forth.

    Let’s start with a foundation of guys who want to build this program.

  • bank-bank

    Hey guys,Alex Smith pro day was also great.Love for the game and work ethic and all that.First pick in that draft.Was he worth it–AH———–NO.

  • Dakota

    Well, maybe Reggie holds Carson hostage until draft day, while at the same time sending out signals that he is happy with Carson, and that we are looking to pick defense with the #3 pick, and then when we pick Geno at #3, it will force the Cards into dealing a pick to us for Palmer…..not that they would be willing to pay him $13 million…..I don’t know.

    At this point we are all just along for the ride and Reggie is driving the bus.

  • The_Judge37

    Let’s start with a foundation of guys who want to build this program.
    ——

    That should apply to our HC and GM. They seem more interested in dodging accountabilty and cashing thier checks than actually improving the Raiders.

  • RaiderSam

    Cardinals trades up for 3 we get their 7th, overall, 2nd (38th) 5th(140) for Carson Palmer, conditional 2014th

    Bills trade up for 7 for their 1st, 2nd, a conditional and our 2nd. (Bills take Barkley or Geno Smith @ 7th)

    1 (8) Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida or Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
    2 (38) from Cardinals Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas/Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
    2 (41) from Bills Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas St. or Datrone Jones, DE, UCLA
    3 (66) Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.
    4 (105) D.J. Swearinger, S, S.Carolina or Dwayne Gratz, CB/FS, UConn
    5 (140) T.J. Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
    6 Marcus Cromartie, CB, Wisconsin
    6 Braden Brown, G/T, BYU or Earl Wolff, SS, N.Carolina
    7 Joe Catapano, DE, Princeton
    7 Paul Worrilow, ILB, Delaware

    7
    7

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Anybody know when CP’s contract becomes guaranteed for this season? ‘Cause that’s when we’ll know, one way or the other.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    We need to fill in the positions that we loss through FA and releasing players. Right now, there are many gaps and holes in the Raiders roster.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Please correct me if I am wrong

    Palmers cap number is about 15 million.

    If we cut him we take about a 9 million hit in dead money.

    By cutting Palmer we save 6 million next year.

    Here comes the opinion question part: Where do we get a QB for 6 million dollars that is better than Palmer? If you are a Pryor fan (go to the nearest bar) but if you are serious – this creates a serious problem and delima for RM and the coaching staff. That is why I do not see us actually cutting him this year.

    I wonder if Players can tamper like I wonder if Palmer is getting “love to have you here” tweets from LF in zona.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Let’s start with a foundation of guys who want to build this program.
    ——

    That should apply to our HC and GM. They seem more interested in dodging accountabilty and cashing thier checks than actually improving the Raiders.
    ————————–
    I DO NOT like or believe in Dennis at all.
    I am willing to give Reg a chance.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mark giving us Carson was like Al giving us JaMarcus.

    huge investment. massive failure.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    The Draft alone is not going to help our woes. We should be signing players to fill in the gaps.

  • RaiderSam

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Let’s start with a foundation of guys who want to build this program.
    ——

    That should apply to our HC and GM. They seem more interested in dodging accountabilty and cashing thier checks than actually improving the Raiders.

    =======

    1. who would want to come here after the 4th coach in five years is gone?
    2. what incentive would a legit up and coming GM/coach/or retread have other than prestige of coaching in the NFL?
    3. How could he be paid given questionable revenue scheme unless club is sold?

  • The_Judge37

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Please correct me if I am wrong

    Palmers cap number is about 15 million.

    If we cut him we take about a 9 million hit in dead money.

    By cutting Palmer we save 6 million next year.
    —–

    That’s the thing, instead of looking at it like Palmer is making 15 against our cap, It’s really just 6, since 9 is going against the Cap even if he’s cut.

    He’s more than worth it for $6 mil, at this point there’s no one better.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Go Heat!!

    Go Warriors!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    By Adam Schefter | ESPN

    It’s unlikely quarterback Carson Palmer will restructure his contract with the Oakland Raiders, despite rampant speculation that the two sides would work out a new deal, a league source said Monday.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That was updated four minutes ago.

    It could well be that Palmer is not going to restructure since we are obviously going into rebuilding mode and McKenzie is bring in a lot of second tier guys until he gets what he wants through the draft.

    Maybe Palmer just feels that he’s too old to restructure and either wants to win now-as in trade-or even if he stays sees no reason to restructure to facilitate a rebuild of the team.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    Mark giving us Carson was like Al giving us JaMarcus.

    huge investment. massive failure.

    ===========

    Carson Palmer and JaMarcus Russell shouldnt be mentioned in the same galaxy, let alone football field

    they were one game away from the playoffs. Russell merely upset the Broncos twice.

  • The_Judge37

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Let’s start with a foundation of guys who want to build this program.
    ——

    That should apply to our HC and GM. They seem more interested in dodging accountabilty and cashing thier checks than actually improving the Raiders.
    ————————–
    I DO NOT like or believe in Dennis at all.
    I am willing to give Reg a chance.
    ———

    I also am willing to give Reggie a chance, but not a Pass. And he’s faultering so far.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I think this years team will be alot better then ppl expect..

    I also think this team will have more heart then any Raider team has shown in a while.

    Im not just talking wins.. im just talking effort and toughness

  • RaiderSam

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    By Adam Schefter | ESPN

    It’s unlikely quarterback Carson Palmer will restructure his contract with the Oakland Raiders, despite rampant speculation that the two sides would work out a new deal, a league source said Monday.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That was updated four minutes ago.

    It could well be that Palmer is not going to restructure since we are obviously going into rebuilding mode and McKenzie is bring in a lot of second tier guys until he gets what he wants through the draft.

    Maybe Palmer just feels that he’s too old to restructure and either wants to win now-as in trade-or even if he stays sees no reason to restructure to facilitate a rebuild of the team.

    ==========

    Well, he’d certainly “win now” by going to the Cardinals. Especially with two near Super Bowl contenders chasing him down four times a year.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    IMO, it would be a huge mistake to sign a CB in the Draft, because he will take at least three years to develop. We also need to beef up our D, as of today we Can Not stop the run. Boy, we are still a mess.