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Raiders land cornerback Ron Bartell, guard Mike Brisiel

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The Oakland Raiders announced Friday evening that they have signed cornerback Ronald Bartell, formerly of the St. Louis Rams.

Bartell, 30, missed all but one game last season due to a severe neck injury. He’s one of the most underrated corners in football when healthy, however, and adds much needed experience to the perimeter of Oakland’s secondary. Bartell is a big (6’1/205), physical press cornerback and should be a strong mentor for youngsters Demarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa.

The Raiders also signed guard Mike Brisiel to a five-year deal that John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports is worth $20 million. Brisiel is an ideal fit for Oakland’s zone-blocking system and will immediately enter the starting lineup at right guard, replacing Cooper Carlisle.

Bartell is the No. 32 overall player on the PFT Hot 100 list. Brisiel didn’t make the top 100 because he’s a one-scheme lineman, but the Raiders run that scheme.

While these additions will generate little attention because they occurred late Friday, they are quality signings by first-year G.M. Reggie McKenzie. Bartell and Brisiel are both immediate impact starters.

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51 Responses to “Raiders land cornerback Ron Bartell, guard Mike Brisiel”
  1. maalea says: Mar 16, 2012 7:05 PM

    Now, this is more like what real teams do. Reggie was a quality hire.

  2. mrbigass says: Mar 16, 2012 7:06 PM

    Damn Brisiel! (sniff) Hope Meyers doesn’t follow suit……..

  3. stoogy says: Mar 16, 2012 7:06 PM

    sounds good to me lets hope Bartell can stay healthy…..

  4. spellingcopfather says: Mar 16, 2012 7:08 PM

    Niceeeee… it helps a little, go Raiders!!!

  5. rickyrich14 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:08 PM

    Great signings! And we didn’t break the bank. RM seems to know what the heck he is doing. Pretty refreshing in Oaktown.

  6. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 16, 2012 7:09 PM

    Quality signings by the Raiders?Funny what happens when you have someone in the front office looking for talent instead of speed.

  7. raiderstotheship says: Mar 16, 2012 7:11 PM

    Love it! Lets go Reggie, lets bring in tracey porter and abrayu franklin, add a couple more pieces here and there and lets shift our focus to the draft and see the talent we can get late… Im thinking we can get the lb from TCU tank something, or maybe take a chance on the kid that bombed the combine and his pro day

  8. joetoronto says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    I like it, way to go, Reggie.

  9. stoogy says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    i wonder how they are going to fill the void at OLB with wimbley getting cut

  10. blancanieve00 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    Nice Pickup for the Raiders

  11. dillinger702 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:13 PM

    Haaaattters come out and plaaayaaa! Also not worried about Payton goin 2 the donkeys. Cold wheather and real turf will do him in he’d 35!

  12. Philadelphia says: Mar 16, 2012 7:16 PM

    Looks like they already have the answer at Corner for when Denver gets Manning? LOL

  13. GG Eden says: Mar 16, 2012 7:17 PM

    imo, winston and maybe even meyers could possibly sign with raiders now after brisiel signing.

    re-uniting with pollack, and with OL, continuity is important, pick-up right where they left off.

  14. envywv says: Mar 16, 2012 7:17 PM

    So far, so good Reggie, keep it coming!

  15. kurtzimmer says: Mar 16, 2012 7:18 PM

    Done deal, Raiders guaranteed to win the bowl!

  16. whodeytn says: Mar 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    And the Bengals can’t even sign the waterboy

  17. poprox13 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    Good job RMK!

  18. raider17 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:21 PM

    Reggie Reggie Reggie!!!

    Al David Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  19. toolnutz says: Mar 16, 2012 7:21 PM

    Go BigMac. A couple more FAs and few UDFA and we’re looking at 8-8, maybe 9-7. Just win, baby.

  20. rdrllldubk says: Mar 16, 2012 7:21 PM

    Solid moves by Mak so far, all things considering.

  21. villa41 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:25 PM

    There we go. Now you see the Raiders making the moves after getting rid of the dead weight (i.e., Wimbley, Routt, Boss, etc.). Brisiel is a mean, nasty road grader that has opened plenty of holes for Arian Foster, and Bartell (hopefully fully healthy) is the kind of big corner that can cover and, get this, seal the edge and give run support. The kind of run support we haven’t had in a corner since Charles Woodson. How’s Reggie looking now? Nice job. Now if can only get that true run stuffing D tackle – Aubrayo Franklin anyone?

  22. raidermick says: Mar 16, 2012 7:27 PM

    Looks like his neck is still hurting in this picture…

    Late…

  23. sports2four7 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:31 PM

    great additions. the guard came cheap! eric winston & gallery??? would allow the young wiz to play center.

  24. raidermike34 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:32 PM

    Here we go.. See good things for those who wait!! It aint bout the Vicks, & Mannings in the FA world People!! It’s about quality signings, and who has the best eye for quality other than Reggie himself. We just landed a younger RG who is a perfect fit for the Blocking Scheme we’re implementing and a Hard press cover corner who has been solid for 6 years and Underrated!!

    Now.. we can focus on some LB’s and some DE’s and another CB .. Still on the board is

    Tracy Porter – CB
    Aaron Ross – CB
    Manny Lawson – LB Who played for Tarver in SF
    Brodrick Bunkley – DE Who played for DA
    Curtis Lofton – LB
    Chris Myers – C Would solidify our OL Line

    Keep working it Reggie!! Keep Working it!!

    RaiderMike34 In LA

  25. guyraider48 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:37 PM

    In Reggie i trust, I felt that way when he was hired and do so now- ! Kind of irritated that wimbley did not take a pay cut to stay but he was not an elite pass rusher, just wanted to get payed like one.
    Scholarships are done folks!
    I look forward to a raider organization that’s in contension year in and year out!
    Go Reggie!

  26. rastaraider says: Mar 16, 2012 7:44 PM

    Here we go .. Now we’re started

  27. rastaraider says: Mar 16, 2012 7:45 PM

    I like the pik ups still need more depth

  28. gitchogameon says: Mar 16, 2012 7:47 PM

    “i wonder how they are going to fill the void at OLB with wimbley getting cut”

    Slide Curry over to that side and EITHER use a draft pick, a UDFA or see what Goethol can do there.

    Step up Raiders!

  29. mullman7675 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:47 PM

    Big Reg is taking care of business. It’s all brand new in Raider Land, but that’s a good thing.

  30. mikeyd27 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    It’s nice to finally have someone thats competent in the front office. The Silver & Black will be back to dominance soon enough!

  31. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 16, 2012 8:04 PM

    Now that’s more like it. Way to go Reggie. Good solid moves by the Raider front office. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

  32. scoob766 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    They will eventually be back. IF you pick in the top 5-10 often enough you will build quality talent… Although they’ve been picking in top top 10 for awhile.

  33. kegpack says: Mar 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Now lets go get Winston and shore up the right side.

    If Knapp wanted Brisiel, I’m sure hes asking about Winston…

  34. mizzouram says: Mar 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    Raiders just got a quality CB and an even better person. Bartell is a big physical CB who really came into his own under Spags.

  35. raiderapologist says: Mar 16, 2012 8:20 PM

    stoogy says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    i wonder how they are going to fill the void at OLB with wimbley getting cut

    By bringing in someone else. I liked Wimbley. He brought a lot of pressure even when he wasn’t getting sacks, but he had too much guaranteed money in his contract.

  36. whatwouldaldavisdo says: Mar 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    As Al would say..”Reggie is doing a fine job. What did you expect, he is a true Raidaah”.

    Good patchwork started, got a ways to go fellas. Give me some LB’s Reggie…

  37. whatwouldaldavisdo says: Mar 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    We dont need to be the #1 defense, we just gotta get out of the 20′s….middle of the pack or so..

  38. huejackson says: Mar 16, 2012 8:30 PM

    These are 2 best FA available…
    Dont believe in the hype with the other players.. Those other names will NOT win you superbowls these 2 names will with a team like the Raiders who are clearly the best team in the AFC..

  39. thetwilightsown says: Mar 16, 2012 8:45 PM

    Name the last “big” free agent signing that transformed his team in proportion to his contract… waiting… waiting… Drew Brees? Charles Woodson? And they went to… TEAMS. Teams that were already on their way.
    Gotta build a TEAM.

  40. radrntn says: Mar 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    ok reggie, , i have no problem with good blue collar guys that show up to work, and are there to play hard vs some of the big name diva’s in the league. Lets statrt looking at maybe a good TE, and OLB.. Even more depth in the seconday. Another DB , and another safety

  41. pantherpro says: Mar 16, 2012 8:59 PM

    They must have overpaid!! Who would want to play in the Stench Bowl known as Coliseum in front of a half empty stadium of degenerates? For you Raider fan who are a little slow that equates to lowlife!!!

  42. dawsonleery says: Mar 16, 2012 9:16 PM

    This is a good sign of what’s to come in Oakland under new GM, Reggie McKenzie. He’s not going to throw away draft picks and over pay for players. Good deals for Oakland.

  43. fballguy says: Mar 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    As a Ram fan…Sorry to see Bartell go. Very underrated CB. Not flashy but solid. Too bad he never got to succeed in St. Louis.

  44. lilcuzzy says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 PM

    These were good bargain moves, not sexy though. Id like to see Manny Lawson, Tracy Porter, and Aubrayo Franklin follow in .. atleast 2 of the 3. Maybe even another linebacker besides Lawson. These 2 moves will help solidify us, not there yet though. Good Work Reggie.

  45. lostsok says: Mar 17, 2012 12:44 AM

    Good system fit players for a cap-strapped team. With the 3 picks they’ll get for compensatory loses, Oakland should be able to continue the roster rebuild.

    I just hope Oaktown fans realize that sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. Oakland may win less games this year…despite being a better team. I hope the fans can relax and accept that for a year. Oakland is heading in the right direction and should be a contender in 2013 when they have a full draft and cap space to work with…

  46. nicosanchez02 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:07 AM

    Great job Reggie, love the pink slips that have been handed out, and great additional pick ups as well, we know you haven’t got much to work with, but please keep it going! Una nacion!

  47. villa41 says: Mar 17, 2012 2:19 AM

    I just hope Oaktown fans realize that sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. Oakland may win less games this year…despite being a better team. I hope the fans can relax and accept that for a year. Oakland is heading in the right direction and should be a contender in 2013 when they have a full draft and cap space to work with…

    ———————————————————-

    No reason for Oakland to take a step back. The AFC West is wide open to be taken. The Raiders had the #9 offense in the league last season, and that’s without McFadden for over half the season and Palmer coming off the couch. Who have they lost – Boss? Come on, the guy didn’t get much playing time last season anyway. Bush? He can be replaced. Fact is, with McFadden healthy he’s a back up pure and simple. As for the defense, all Oakland has to do is get middle of the pack. The D was awful last year and the reason why the team didn’t make the playoffs. The makeover has has already begun. Hey, I’m not saying Oakland is going to win the Super Bowl, but a playoff appearance and a little noise in the tournament is certainly not out of the question, and that’s fine by me.

  48. osage44 says: Mar 17, 2012 2:31 AM

    A 30-year old CB coming off a significant neck injury is a reason for rejoicing in Oakland? Ron Bartell? Really?

  49. silvernblak says: Mar 17, 2012 7:40 PM

    I think the best move Reggie is making is looking for experience with talent in signing players. Instead of rookie and speed. In the NFL we have learned that it takes more then rookie speed to make it on the field. I think with the combination of talent/experience, that Reggie is not looking for another 8-8 season or worse just because its a new structure. I believe he wants a title and he wants it this year. I think some of you out there are gonna be pretty damn surprised at how well we hit the ground running this season because of how smart the signings hes made are and the ones hes let go. There is a new fire In the Black Hole and when the players feel that this season it will be like adding fuel to fire!!!!!!! Just Win BABY!!!!!

  50. mark916 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:12 PM

    Ok we got some bottom of the barrel injury release guys. Not saying they arent good to go, just what a mess ol Al left behind. Its one thing to deal with a QB contract, but 5 other overpaid players? Its all down hill from here. I trust Reggie and his instincts.

  51. encinitasraider says: Mar 19, 2012 3:04 PM

    They must have overpaid!! Who would want to play in the Stench Bowl known as Coliseum in front of a half empty stadium of degenerates? For you Raider fan who are a little slow that equates to lowlife!!!

    *********************************************
    you must live in KC……we sold out every home game last year dumb arse.

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