Among the many needs still on Reggie McKenzie’s list are defensive backs. As it stands the Raiders have Tyvon Branch and not much else in the defensive backfield. Yesterday the Silver and Black lost out to the Bengals on Terence Newman so now all eyes shift to Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins.
With the Raiders rebuilding again the focus is on finding veterans with something to prove who will play on the cheap. Porter has a connection to Oakland having played for Dennis Allen when he was coaching DBs in New Orleans.
As for Jenkins he became expendable when the Dallas Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne and then signed former Kansas City Chief Brandon Carr.
Last season was an absolute disaster for Oakland corners as Michael Huff quickly became the best option despite the fact he had not played the position since college. McKenzie rolled the dice on Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell only to crap out with both vets.