From training camp fill in to team leader in interceptions. Matt Giordano’s 2011 season was something straight out of a Hollywood script. The NFL journeyman getting perhaps his last chance at pro football by returning to his native California to play for the Raiders and all he does is go out and earn himself a starting job and eventually a new contract.
Word spread late last night that the Raiders re-signed Giordano, choosing to bring back the surprisingly productive safety. His team best five interceptions certainly made a strong case for Giordano to return. So too did his previous relationships with both Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen.
After being a part of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, Giordano had a cup of coffee with the Green Bay Packers where McKenzie got a good look at his abilities. After that Giordano’s next stop was in New Orleans where he was coached up by Allen.
Initially Giordano was signed by Oakland to be little more than a camp body. Injuries allowed the Central Valley native to get on the field then his performance ultimately earned him a starting gig.
No telling what type of role Allen and his staff have in mind for Giordano but I wouldn’t bet against him getting another few starts again in 2012.