Continuing in their bargain shopping on the free agency market the Raiders hosted cornerback Shawntae Spencer yesterday. This news comes on the heels of the Raiders inking their first two free agents during the NFL’s spending season. One of those signings, Ron Bartell, is already looking likely to be starting at one corner for the silver and black. Could Spencer be the other?
The former 49er spent his entire career playing corner in The City before being released just days ago. A second round pick out of Pitt, Spencer worked his way into a starting gig before being lost in the mix last season during San Francisco’s revival.
In keeping with some of those Al Davis philosophies, Spencer is a tall corner (6’1”) though he doesn’t have the blazing speed Davis valued. At the draft combine Shawntae ran in the high 4.4’s but that trait isn’t as important in Oakland these days.
What matters most is being able to cover. Last season the Raiders were picked apart no thanks to an understaffed and underperforming secondary. Clearly Reggie McKenzie is ready to turn the page on that mishap by bringing in effective yet cheaper veteran options while developing the younger DBs.
The 9ers cut Spencer to save some cash but there might be more going on too which could be why his visit wasn’t even reported until CSN Bay Area got wind of it today. Or it could just be that since all Spencer had to do was hope the BART to go meet with the Raiders that there was nothing too formal about the whole process.
Jason Tarver spent some time with Spencer during his days on the San Francisco staff so he’s likely to be among the reasons why the Raiders gave the veteran corner a look over. After all, it will be Tarver who ultimately coaches Spencer up should he become a Raider.
Currently there are still rumors of the Raiders pursuing Tracy Porter but there is some speculation that he will remain in New Orleans with the Saints.