Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is adding another impact player to a free-agent haul that already includes guard Kelechi Osemele, cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Bruce Irvin jersey.
The Raiders have signed former Bengals safety Reggie Nelson jersey, the team announced. Nelson’s deal is a two-year contract worth up to $12 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the deal.
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At No. 22, Nelson was the highest remaining player on Around The NFL’s list of the Top 99 free agents. This signing means the Raiders have picked up four of the top 25 players available.
Nelson, 32, earned his first Pro Bowl selection in nine NFL seasons after tying for the league lead with eight interceptions last year. The Bengals jerseys are moving on because 2013 third-round pick Shawn Williams jersey is ready to step into the starting lineup opposite George Iloka.
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The addition of Nelson solidifies a secondary that not only struggled to contain tight ends last season, but also lost future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson to retirement.
By signing four high-caliber starters to round out his roster, McKenzie now has the luxury of taking the best player on the board in the upcoming draft rather than reaching to fill positions of need.
Mixing in the new faces with an impressive young nucleus, the Raiders are a franchise on the rise, prepared to give the Broncos a run for the AFC West title in 2016.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper jersey made a splash in his rookie season, finishing with 1,070 yards — the first rookie to do so in club history — and earned a Pro Bowl bid.
The former first-round pick is channeling last year’s frustrating end into his performance at the team’s offseason workouts. Cooper’s earnestness and newfound confidence has not gone unnoticed by his veteran teammates.
“I always joked around last year that three years ago, he was in seventh period chemistry,” quarterback Derek Carr jersey said per CSN Bay Area. “He’s a young guy, and he was just learning his way around but going to the Pro Bowl while doing it.
“He has (always been) very special, but now he’s more open. He’s more talkative. But everyone is like that their rookie year, no matter who it is. There is so much going on mentally in this game that a lot of guys are more reserved and quiet, not to us, but in general. Now, you see he and ‘Crab’ (Michael Crabtree) joking more because he is more comfortable.”
Veteran wideout Michael Crabtree has noticed Cooper’s personality emerge as well. Crabtree says he’s eager to see what the receiving duo can produce this season.
“It’s one year and every year adds experience,” Crabtree said. “It’s one of those things when you have talent like that you just build off of it, really with the knowledge of the game. You’re getting smarter and different situations on the field, and I feel like he is doing that. I can’t wait to get out there with him in games and do our thing.”