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.