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Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Usama Young (26) attempts to intercept a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders bring back Usama Young on two year deal, reports


After splashing on new free agents Tarell Brown and Antonio Smith on Friday night the Raiders got quickly back to work on Saturday morning as general manager Reggie McKenzie extended the contract of one of his defensive backs from the 2013 season as the team resigned safety Usama Young to a new two year deal.

FOX Sports 1′s Mike Garafolo was first to report Young’s new deal with the Raiders

Young stepped into an increased role with the Raiders in 2013 following the season ending injury of Tyvon Branch, pairing up with Charles Woodson and playing in 12 games last season as a rotational defensive back, piling up 26 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception.

Even with Young back on board expect the Raiders to be continuing to try to bring in depth to the safety position. Veteran Charles Woodson is still negotiating with the team and should be back, as may another option throughout free agency and the draft. Young should go back to even more of a depth role with Branch’s return, but his return was needed for a Raiders secondary that lost cornerback Tracy Porter to Washington this week.

Expect more Raiders action throughout the day. Stay tuned to JBB for more updates.

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  • KloverJane

    This guy is a baller. Hope his rehabbed neck is a hundred percent soon. Need Woodson back and and can’t wait to see Tyvon again.

  • Bob

    I am probably in the minority opinion here but I think Tyvon Branch is overrated. He has never taken over a game like Palomalu or other Raider great Safeties have.

  • KloverJane

    Remember the law offices of Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard? As they were referred….
    Well, I see hIm rated pretty much where he is. Tyvon is quick and scrappy. He’s not Woodson at the same age or Troy, my God, but he gets it done. His injury sucked but seeing him out in the free, where he belongs, will be a good thing. If Woodson likes his contract, he should. It’s generous. Politics such as they are.

  • Bob

    He needs to step up this year. We as fans support certain players just because they are Raiders and in realty they are not very good players (Huff). I just won’t do that anymore.

  • KloverJane

    Oh indeed. He doesnt get a pass by any stretch. No sense of entitlement here. I just want our games exciting again. Interceptions, sacks, less 3 and outs and touchdowns when we get to the red zone for a change. Object of game: get ball, lol.

  • Ya_D_Got_Raided

    So this means Woodson might not come come back? Either way, this was a good pick up. Now lets go get alex mack, need to get as many linemen to protect whatever qb is starting this season. He is worth every dollar.