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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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  • bank-bank

    Forget Geno Smith at #3.Let someone else make a bad decision especially if someone take him within the first ten picks.He’s no Russell Wilson and where was Russell Wilson taken?

  • Dakota

    250.ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Well, I’d better shovel some more snow.

    We have have endless snow here in England right now and temps that are two degrees below normal with this being the coldest March in half a century.

    If you see Al Gore, tell him to kiss my arse.

    +++++++++++

    Wake up! Global Warming means that any weird weather is the result of all the cows farting in the fields! WAKE UP!!!!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!!!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    We love the Brits. But anyway, how are we going to stop the run in 2013? We are so very week in that spot.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    oops typo error…weak

  • raiderinparadise

    Dakota Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Cutting Palmer and taking Geno over o-line or d-line help will likely result in Reggie being fired in 2015.

    That will make many of you happy.

    ——-

    120% agree.

    Thats why I think Palmer will stay at 13mill this year.

    Next year he will be gone unless we had a 10+ win season with him.

    Per production I would rather dump Tommy kelly anyways, guy had 1 sack last year. did nothing.

    At least Palmer helped Pryor, and threw for 4k and led us in moments despite an awful defense and horrific run game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Unless GENO SMITH actually turns out to be good.. then Reggie will get an extension

  • Dakota

    I would much rather draft Joeckel, or Star, or Floyd at #3 and roll with Pryor for 2013 than use the pick on Geno.

    At least then the next coaching staff and GM might have a decent player drafted in 2013 to build around!

    PUT YOUR PANTS!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Was Mr. Reggie, responsible for drafting Clay Matthews? Probably not.

  • Charlie

    Judge

    Not being argumentative with you. Simply pointing out that Raider lineman that have been perceived as “pretty good” have been far from it.

    The strategy the Raiders have used to acquire line talent has been proven to be horribly ineffective over the last decade.

    The change in our strategy will be using high round picks to draft guys like Joeckel or Fisher as opposed to signing Kwame Harris and Slaughter or Seymour.

  • beach

    Give Palmer and offensive line and a running game, and he will look very good!

  • Raider E

    Competitive, confident player who can lead a team with his physical attributes and willingness to work on his craft. Possesses a quick delivery, can get the ball downfield or move a team methodically by making quick decisions. Has improved his accuracy greatly during his career, placing the ball very well at every level of the field. Fires throws into tight windows over the middle while also leading receivers open on the sideline and showing touch on fades into the end zone. Generally keeps his eyes downfield and feet moving within the pocket to find a target instead of looking to run. Finds second or third options across the field if first read is covered. Tests defenses with his ability to get first downs and more with his feet, has speed to break off big runs and usually makes the right decision on when to take off. Has gotten physically stronger over the course of his career, is a tough player who will hang onto the ball after a big hit and bounce back up.
    ————————————

    Draft Geno Smith 2013!!!!

  • raiderinparadise

    beach Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    Give Palmer and offensive line and a running game, and he will look very good!

    ——-

    True and a defense, in 2011 he put up enough points to win all those games down the strecth.

  • Raider E

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    You can be like Dolphins and draft LONG 1 overall.. or be like Falcons and draft Matt Ryan 3rd overall

    ——————

    alot of folks said Matt Ryan was gonna be a bust .. Dolphins should just go the safe route with OLINE.. hmmmm

    its a risk either way. U wanna gamble..

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    They were rough days, when we had Kwame Harris on our roster. We have been really patient fans.

  • Twinkle

    Now we are sh!tting on Sam and Ted?Par for the course I suppose as nothing is sacred in here!Running plays tended to go outside against the pair of em because it was a tough slog getting yards up the gut.Sam got his $7 mil per year where ever he played….he didn’t get that kind of scratch for nothing.Ted was somewhere near the same money.Yes they didn’t move very far but teams ran the ball up there only to keep us honest.Two very large strong men!!!

  • JLofty

    No England, I just don’t see us sticking with the #3.
    Reggie likes his picks and I think he’ll trade back, then trade back some more then back some more until he has 10 picks or more….
    Billicheat style

  • RaiderDownSouth

    because maybe Woodson doesnt want to play for the Raiders.. maybe Reggie has contacted his agent.. and the agent so thanks but no thanks at this time. Let it play out.

    No rush to sign these vets yet
    ——————————————————–
    I know… I know… no rush… but… I don’t subscribe to the can’t win now philosophy… We need a quality safely and CB… not scrubs… the market has shifted and the numbers I threw out are reasonable… maybe Woodson does not want to come back to oaktown… but I don’t know that he is getting any 3M offers right now… we have the space… BTW Huff is listed as the #1 safety available on NFL network right now..

    Anyhow… The Offence can go back to 2011 numbers… just need a Michael Bush to take some of the reps and wear and tear off of DMC(so Turner… he still has gas) and another piece or 2 on the line… I know we lost Myers… and we have to roll with the receivers we have now (until next year)
    but it’s about what we had in 2011… better with an improved line and Turner (2M a year maybe 2.5)
    Austberry (sp) looks like he can block and we picked up another 2 decent receivers last year… power blocking and real running game takes a lot of pressure off of Palmer… It’s not as bad as it seems right now… the Offence can be a top 15…

  • Charlie

    Wind

    I agree that Palmer has been solid given what he has to work with.
    I hope he can restructure.
    Pryor is at least a year away and we sure will not go with a project like Smith.

    As I have said, I am very confident that we will build the Oline first with our first pick this year, leveraging Dmac and Palmer and helping the defense stay off the field.

    We will go DT or DE with our second pick depending on who is available then we go CB.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.
    ****************************************
    Huh?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Dakota Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    250.ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Well, I’d better shovel some more snow.

    We have have endless snow here in England right now and temps that are two degrees below normal with this being the coldest March in half a century.

    If you see Al Gore, tell him to kiss my arse.

    +++++++++++

    Wake up! Global Warming means that any weird weather is the result of all the cows farting in the fields! WAKE UP!!!!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!!!

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

    Lol.

    Cows farting in a field? That’s why I never North and South Dakota.

  • Charlie

    Paradise.

    Our offense did not put up as many points down the stretch as you think in 2011.

    See Dolphins, Chefs and Packers.
    See Chargers when they built a 31-16 lead and went prevent.

    The Offense needs Olineman.

  • Raider E

    Goldie7 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.
    ****************************************
    Huh?

    ———————————

    RR has zero credibility.

  • Dakota

    265.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    You can be like Dolphins and draft LONG 1 overall.. or be like Falcons and draft Matt Ryan 3rd overall

    ——————

    alot of folks said Matt Ryan was gonna be a bust .. Dolphins should just go the safe route with OLINE.. hmmmm

    its a risk either way. U wanna gamble..

    _____________

    Yeah, you never know…..Geno was in a gimmicky offense that threw short for a lot of completions that were then turned into long gainst by the WRs…..just watching him in a couple of games this year he certainly did not scream franchise QB.

    Buyer beware. If I am picking a QB at #3, I want an almost sure thing, Geno is nowhere near that…..some analysts don’t even think he is a first round talent.

    I would roll with Palmer/Pryor one year and if Pryor shows something next year if given the chance, then I wait, and if he stinks it up, then I draft my QB in 2014 when we have more picks to spare, and hopefully fewer holes to fill.

    FML!

  • eastoaklandraider

    if palmer some how ends up in cle they will be a good team at that point all they would need is a wr

  • Charlie

    Down south

    See my 273 post.

    You guys make the 2011 team sound like it won the super bowl!

    That offense got dominated down the stretch by good teams.

    We scored againt the Lions but still could not run out the clock.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Goldie7 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.
    ****************************************
    Huh?

    ———————————

    RR has zero credibility.
    *********************************************
    No way. RR is one of the coolest and long time Raiders fan that blogs here.

  • Dakota

    272.ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Dakota Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    250.ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Well, I’d better shovel some more snow.

    We have have endless snow here in England right now and temps that are two degrees below normal with this being the coldest March in half a century.

    If you see Al Gore, tell him to kiss my arse.

    +++++++++++

    Wake up! Global Warming means that any weird weather is the result of all the cows farting in the fields! WAKE UP!!!!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!!!

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

    Lol.

    Cows farting in a field? That’s why I never North and South Dakota.

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

    yep, all the cows farting around here is why it is 9 degrees with snow on the ground today. March 1st it was 70 degress….March = in like a lamb, out like a lion.

  • rediaR

    DHB potentially to the Colts. Hmm not a bad fit.

  • Albinator

    I’m with Cork. We’ve simply gotta trade down to get an extra pick or two. There will still be plenty of stud defenders to choose from in the 10 – 15 range. Take the best defender available when it’s our turn to pick.

  • RaidingTexas

    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.

    ——————————————-

    If they are considering cutting Palmer, I wouldn’t expect it to happen before June 1. I know Reggie is trying to work through this salary cap mess – Al’s old kick the can down the road crap.

    But Reggie could at least kick a bottle cap down the road and push some of Carson’s dead money cap hit to 2014.

  • Raider E

    Wake up! Global Warming means that any weird weather is the result of all the cows farting in the fields! WAKE UP!!!!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!!!

    ———————————-

    Cows actually exhale methane due to their grassy diets and multiple stomachs. Methane also has a significantly higher heat trapping ability then CO2.

  • Twinkle

    Dakota Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    If these sources really knew what was up they would not use wishy-washy terms like “Palmer UNLIKELY to restructure”…..they would flat out say Palmer refuses to restructure contract.

    Until then, they are just speculating.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Truth! but I can’t imagine why he would.At this point in his career he would like to be contending as well as getting top money.Well one out of two ain’t bad! lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade Carson Palmer for Nick Miller and a 6th!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    There really is no sure thing unless its Andrew luck.

    RG3 ..was like a track start with a deep arm.. Make no mistake about it.. GENO SMITH has a deep arm and is accurate..

    Mayock said he is a top ten pick now.

    GENO has room to grow.. if you draft him.. u better have a [lan for him. Dont just throw him out there. Im confident no matter what happens REGGIE AND DA have a plan with OC .. Qb coach etc

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    YO YO THE BEEECH DIGGITY IS ROCKIN’ THE MIC

    Brahs, had a totally amazing stand up comedy performance last night at the Marina Del Rey Starbucks

    Got a free Venti Latte and a coupon for $2 off my next purchase. So you know my fans were lovin’ the Dawg, woof woof

    Lookin’ like Carson will get cut. That’s cool, now more cash to sign Johnny Lee Higgins to a max deal

    Then we gots to get a call into Ray Ray Lewis’ agent. Need that crusty ol fool doing his comin’-on-the-field dance to pump up the Black Hole

    Yup Reggie, you know what 2 do – max him out, word

    Gotta smoke a blunt and take a dump, then maybe I’ll spank the Lawg to the Mexican channel

    KEEPIN IT HELLA SILLY, YOU GOTS TO FREE WILLY

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    If we sign little Nick, I gotta pull thee ole jersey out and wear it to the supermarket. lol

  • raiderinparadise

    VOTE PALMER/PRYOR 2013

  • Raider E

    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Goldie7 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.
    ****************************************
    Huh?

    ———————————

    RR has zero credibility.
    *********************************************
    No way. RR is one of the coolest and long time Raiders fan that blogs here.

    —————————-

    Im talking about his QB take for this seasons team. Have you read it? It is like a giving up before you start plan.

    I also detest a man who freely judges and calls another human being a “devil” while making it a point to tell everyone about his church. That is not kool. Whether he is joking or not.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Newman – Made some nice plays for the bengals still has some gas in his tank.

    Jenkins – Last I heard was pretty washed up. Maybe we catch lightning in a bottle don’t know.

    Tracy Porter – What is interesting is I can recall when he left the Saints many people on this blog were saying, “go get em, go get em.” I guess management got that one right. Seeing that he was hurt for a lot of the season, at top dollar. But he did make a nice play against the Stealers last year. So if he returns to top form like he did for the Saints at a good price. I htink that would be an updgrade. familiar with the coash as well. I just hope he does not sign with the Saints with Nnamdi or in place of Nnamdi if he goes to SF.

    Regardless I still hope we draft Dee Milliner. He plays physical and we need a quality young cr to grow into a position. Plus, there are no coners in the later round. This draft is deep in DL in later rounds.

    Well that’s my take!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post, Raider E

    ya turd nugget

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

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Well, I’d better shovel some more snow.

    We have have endless snow here in England right now and temps that are two degrees below normal with this being the coldest March in half a century.

    If you see Al Gore, tell him to kiss my arse.

    ========================================

    Saying climate change isn’t real because of one cold March is like saying JaMarcus Russell was a great quarterback because he completed a pass once.

  • eastoaklandraider

    i would love to get a look at RM draft board just to see who he values and in what round

  • oldschoolraider

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    willy91137 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Why do you guys get on here and bash the Raiders everything they do is wrong
    Well IF TOU so damn smart how come you’re not runing a team

    why don’t you get on the blog of the team you like

    the obviously don’t like this one

    No players are good enough for you I just don’t get it
    _____________________________________________________

    Or the opposite MUST be true…..we LOVE this TEAM….and HATE to see it RUN INTO the ground by this ground of NEPOTISTIC MEN…so we spend our TIME (our most valuable commodity) to spread the knowledge that this TEAM is GOING ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE….
    ***********************************************
    backstageatapuppetshow has illustrated his point by giving us a prime example of “GOING ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE”, ie his never ending, chicken little, sky is falling rants. He’s a glass half full kind of guy, unfortunately, his glass is half full of whine.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Goldie7 Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Raider E Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Palmer sux. release the red-haired devil!
    ————————————

    RR is blind, ban the podunk Jesus-freak.
    ****************************************
    Huh?

    ———————————

    RR has zero credibility.
    *********************************************
    No way. RR is one of the coolest and long time Raiders fan that blogs here.

    —————————-

    Im talking about his QB take for this seasons team. Have you read it? It is like a giving up before you start plan.

    I also detest a man who freely judges and calls another human being a “devil” while making it a point to tell everyone about his church. That is not kool. Whether he is joking or not.
    ****************************************************
    Well, I have never seen RR disrespect anyone. I am a Christian too, and I have gotten into serious arguments on this board about Christianity but I never hold grudges against anyone, because we are all Raiders fans.

  • Twinkle

    Palmer’s numbers…http://www.spotrac.com/top-salaries/nfl/cap-hit/afc/…..see if I remember how to link.lol

  • Twinkle

    Nope back to the old cut and paste.

  • realtruraider

    I guess Levi just became an ignorant hack in the eyes of many here.

    ——————————————————-

    Just?

  • hendu

    Dakota, 275, sounds like a plan to me, so DB or Dline with the 3rd pick, or trade down 15-20?