The Raiders still have yet to make any official announcement on the status of Hiram Eugene but the writing is pretty much on the wall. Today the team announced (via Twitter) the signings of two safeties.
Both Matt Girodano and Josh Bullocks are the newest members of the Silver and Black.
Giordano is a Central Valley native born in Fresno and attended high school in Clovis. He spent his college days at Fresno City before transferring to Cal Berkley. Giordano began his pro career as a 4th round pick by the Indianapolis Colts where he won a Super Bowl in ’06. Since his departure from Indy in 2008, Girodano has bounced from the Packers to the Saints with a brief stop in Atlanta between.
Bullocks was originally a second round pick by the Saints back in ’05. During his four years in the Big Easy Bullocks started 49 games and registered all 6 of his career interceptions. Before becoming a Raider, Josh was in Chicago for two years. He has a twin brother that used to play safety in Detroit.
Both men will have a definite shot at making the 53-man. Eugene served as a backup and occasional starter on defense but was a gunner on special teams. Among the most thankless jobs in pro football, gunners are vitally important in the battle for field position. After all, a weapon like Shane Lechler is only as valuable as his coverage team.