Raiders defensive ways in free agency continue in earnest

The Raiders added two more potential starters for their defense Friday with the signings of defensive lineman Antonio Smith and cornerback Tarell Brown.
Those signings combine with the addition of defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Thursday. All four are potential starters for a defensive unit depleted by the defection of free agents such as defensive end Lamarr Houston, defensive tackle Vance Walker and cornerback Tracy Porter, as well as others still unsigned.
Smith posted five sacks for the Houston Texans last season, his 10th in the NFL. He spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the past five with the Texans.
Smith signed a contract that has the potential to net him $9 million over two seasons. Brown signed a one-year contract for $3.5 million, all of it guaranteed.
Brown, 29, spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the 49ers. He played in 100 games during that time, including 47 starts. He started 10 games last season.
Brown gives the Raiders a reliable option as a starter opposite second-year player D.J. Hayden, who played mostly as an extra defensive back last season before an injury sidelined him for the latter part of the season.
Mike Jenkins and Porter started at cornerback for the Raiders last season. Porter signed with the Washington Redskins. Jenkins remains unsigned.


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  • Raider O

    We were interested in Pettigrew, but i think the lions made a better offer

  • 0ak R8rs

    Pettigrew resigned? Gonna blame Reggie for Raji and Tillman too? Makes no sense.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Miller resigned w Seattle.

  • NYCRaider

    Pettigrew is good but I feel Rivera has quality potential at the TE position.

  • 0tt0

    with these recent signings Im wondering if reggie has been sent to the bench and someone else is running the show….this goes contrary to everything he’s preached

  • RediaR

    The hope is that all of the guys who were injured last year (most of them) are going to be healthy and good. We’ll see.

  • The beginning of the Mark Davis GM era?
    Go Lakers

  • RediaR

    Not at all actually.

  • Papertiger


  • Myopinion

    I really like austerity too. If he can stay healthy I think he could be as good or better than Rivera.

  • 0ak R8rs

    How so? Front loaded contracts w vet stopgaps in place while we develop young talent? Sounds exactly like his plan all along to me. Looks different when you have a few dollars to spend. Plan begins to take shape.

  • NYCRaider

    IDK, he was active in the secondary market which i expected. He was saved by MD from overspending on saffold, Bringing in value experienced FA will work if and only if he drafts well. RMs philosophy is OK, its the execution that he has always struggled with. I get build with the draft but that means impact players not just quantity

  • jesusraiderjim

    Austerity is important I agree LMAO. Funny typo

  • lefty12

    Not really.The beginning of reconstruction and building thru the draft.This year we should get a better idea of how well he drafts because of last years draft.Those players must show they are bonafide NFL players.

  • aig-raiders

    He’s been pretty solid so far. Ticking off the beat writers of course. But even Jerry Mc follows him now.

  • Blackholepriest

    McGloin is a good backup. He just takes way too many risk with the football. He knows he’s limited do he throws up jump balls too much.

    You need a guy who last a 16 games schedule against multiple defenses. McGloin’s game is chuck it and hope. You can’t play like that. But he’ll learn and so will TP. Eventhough most in here disagree both kids will be much better this year than last especially TP.

  • DJ Johnny

    One thing about DMAC I didn’t know what kind of guy he was or how much pride he had in his game.
    He was all the rage for a minute and then injured all the dam time and faded into obscurity. The fact he turned down more money to go elsewhere shows me he may have some personal pride in this whole thing and know he’s been a big disappointment to everybody and just wants another chance to prove that he is worth something and not just a beat up, lame azz “never was been”.
    Could it be he actually (gulp) feels he owes something to the organization that stood behind him these yr’s to show us all what’s what?

  • Dakota

    So who is to blame for not bringing in young good players?

  • Hotep Down

    how do you know he turned down more money to stay here?

  • 0ak R8rs

    His system and plan. You don’t overpay for 1st tier FAs. That’s counterproductive to anything he’s said he’s gonna do. Make us competitive, build through the draft, spend wisely. So many day 1 FAs never pay off. Don’t want them. He just needs to start drafting. But blaming him for guys that resigned w their own teams? Pretty ridiculous

  • Myopinion

    That is funny. Even funnier I had to look up the definition after your post.

  • DKnight007

    Exactly. It has been proven time and time again overpaying for 1st Tier FA’s ends up hurting a team more often than not and that player has to restructure or get cut within 2-3 years of his bloated deal

  • DKnight007

    A million a year being a backup QB…Nice!

  • DKnight007

    He pointed out the same things I did when it comes to the media and the Raiders.

  • DKnight007

    haha….that is exactly what will happen! Predictable.

  • DKnight007

    Vick has better feet than the stiff Schaub and can get out of danger. Vick can run read option and actually throw the football compared to TP.

  • DKnight007

    Pettigrew not that good actually.

  • DJ Johnny

    It came from his agent.

  • Ian


  • Raider_Riff

    And there is my account of things. Which completely corroborates what DMC is claiming.

  • Raider_Riff

    Agreed. But most judge before looking at contract details. The contracts are very telling.

  • Howard Benner

    I’m in total agreement.

    I usually procure my daily international news from the BBC. Their coverage seemed to focus on an air of suspicion. They interviewed aviation experts, former NTSB investigators, airline officials; most attempted to respect “the process” but due to the varied & assorted daily reports (Chinese satellite images, aerial views of alleged airplane debris, etc.) that were summarily dismissed within hours, plus the Maylasian “disinformation” campaign, well, 777’s don’t just disappear from radar. They are not stealth. . .If a transponder is turned off. . .

    However, this all transpired AFTER local air traffic controllers relinquished observation, as planned, of the ill fated flight. The airplane would only be reintroduced to ATC personnel upon arrival in the final destination airspace. . .

    The initial dismissal of the importance & accompanying urgency of the two young Muslims traveling on stolen passports does disturb me. This could sincerely be a red herring, but. . .unnerving. . .

  • Howard Benner

    You’re welcome. . .I share because I care. . .

  • Raider_Riff

    Those were the early reports.

    Then it later came out the deal was actually for $35M and $15+ guaranteed.

    They spoke about it on the Game plenty. But negativity sells so when roasting our team and GM, they keep running with the old figures.

    One caller even called out Henyr Woffard for it and he just said it didnt matter what the numbers were. Well, actually it does. There is a big difference between $15 & $23 million guaranteed for a LG.

    Its the same thing as the fact that Saffold was brought in to be our LG but everyone wants to claim he was going to be our LT. It just makes it easier to take a crap on us.

  • Howard Benner

    I think Chandler was staying all along. probably the same with Pettigrew.

    I think the Raiders are gambling on the upside of kasa & their pleasure with rivera. Besides, why spend millions of dollars on vets when you have two sixth round draft picks & Ausberry, who I think was a fifth still on their first contracts? Money required elsewhere. . .like on defense. . .

  • Howard Benner

    When players stay @ home on one year deals (like Peanut & Raji) it is telliing in regards to the market (or lack thereof) that is reflected by the rest of the league. Neither Pettigrew or Chandler were high profile FA’s & opted to stay @ home.

    Playing the blame game with Raiders (mis)management is a reach here. They are dysfunctional enough to search “outside the lines” for further blame. . .

    You’re better than that. . .is it cocktail hour so soon?!

  • Howard Benner

    I like Fitzpatrick’s makeup, the fact he is an Ivy Leaguer, his mobility & leadership skills but his propensity to throw to the wrong colored jersey belies his effectiveness. . .

  • Howard Benner

    One of the all time nicknames. . .

    i used to work with this, uh, brain cell challenged woman. We called her ‘stun gun. . .”

    That’s my all time favorite. . .

  • TrevJo

    Well said

  • Howard Benner

    Thank you. as usual. . .

  • JV.

    Unless any other team offered him less then 100k guaranteed…. I think he chose us over more money..

  • Depcharger

    i think Reggie is planning to start 4 defensive ends as our front 4.

  • Guest

    the contract he signed is incentive laden and is like $250k per game played. so he is out to prove something.

  • Depcharger

    al davis came back from the dead and fired reggie. reggie will not be paid the rest of his contract.

  • Depcharger

    Reggie: I intentionally did not make a play for them, as they seem to healthy for my tastes. I only like injured free agents. Look at my guys: Matt Flynn (elbow), Hayden (chest/heart), Melenik Watson (everything), Ron Bartell (neck)

  • funnyfalcon

    Dude is done. No more flynn retreads please.

  • funnyfalcon

    yep, i don’t support any of those guys.

  • Avion Davis

    Smith is not a 4-3 DE. He only played DE in 3-4.