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
S Usama Young back to the Raiders on a two-year deal, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 15, 2014
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 15, 2014
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.