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Shawntae Spencer stays in the Bay Area

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Eight years ago, Pitt cornerback Shawntae Spencer didn’t get an invitation to the Scouting Combine.  And, proving conclusive that the folks who work for the scouting services don’t work for NFL teams for a reason, Spencer was drafted in round two.  (Facing Larry Fitzgerald in practice tends to get a guy ready for the next level.)

Spencer’s time with the 49ers has ended, but he’ll be staying in the Bay Area.  Per a league source, Spencer has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Raiders.

The Raiders need cornerbacks, after losing Nnamdi Asomugha last year and running off Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson.  The move reunites Spencer with Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who worked for seven years with Spencer in San Francisco.

Spencer fell out of favor under new coach Jim Harbaugh, which ultimately led to Spencer’s release.

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35 Responses to “Shawntae Spencer stays in the Bay Area”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:13 PM

    favre to the 9ers

  2. vipod4ever says: Mar 19, 2012 5:14 PM

    welcome, we need all hands on the Raider ship with PM coming to the west.

  3. nineroutsider says: Mar 19, 2012 5:15 PM

    Congrats to Spencer, good guy. Raiders need a few more now though…

  4. rundmc81 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:15 PM

    And Tracy Porter???????

  5. charly0418 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:16 PM

    If the Raiders sign Tracy Porter they’ll go from the worst CB corps in football to a respectable one. Specially since they won’t be asked to be on man coverage as much.

    Then again, this ain’t good enough for Manning and Rivers so God bless us.

  6. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 19, 2012 5:16 PM

    nice signin and they didn’t pay too much either

  7. ademell1 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:18 PM

    Spencer is going to be for the Raiders what Carlos Rogers was for Niners – and play solid football.

  8. therolandobottom says: Mar 19, 2012 5:23 PM

    Nothing flashy, but a solid productive player. The Raiders need another LB, maybe Manny Lawson. If thats possible then they should draft nothing but d-line and safeties.

  9. mockavelli says: Mar 19, 2012 5:32 PM

    Always thought Spencer was decent for us…not sure why he fell so far out of favor, even given the injuries…Tramaine Brock over Spencer was weird. Oh well…good luck Shawntae.

  10. dondiraider says: Mar 19, 2012 5:34 PM

    Nice move….looking for a LB next please….then Leinart!

  11. derfshambeaux says: Mar 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    Hail to Pitt!

  12. radrntn says: Mar 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    good- one year deal…gives dvd, and chimde time to develop…

    still need to add a TE, and OLB….Also curious to see what kind of money Bush is being offered…..i would think he would at least bounce off the raiders the offer he got to see if they will match.

  13. rastaraider says: Mar 19, 2012 5:41 PM

    Porter ! Porter !

  14. masterblaster78 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:42 PM

    Good choice. Not much money involved and he’ll want to play. Need a few more DB, DL and LB’s. Tracy Porter coming in soon. Hope the Raiders nab him.

  15. faithful209er says: Mar 19, 2012 5:44 PM

    Very solid signing for the Raiders. As a Niners fan, I think they got a great player. Not right with the Niners, but a very good veteran ballplayer. Best of luck to SS with the Raiders!

    McKenzie is doing a nice job with nothing!

  16. Matt says: Mar 19, 2012 5:46 PM

    Starting XI on defense:

    Shaughnessy
    Seymour
    Kelly
    Houston

    Groves/Goethel
    McClain
    Curry

    Bartel/Shephard
    Spencer/Chekwa (Tracy Porter?)
    Huff
    Tyvon

    I like it. DVD can man-cover the speedy slot guys. Now let’s find some more DE’s and LB’s.

  17. goldrush36 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    Spencer is solid, and always kept Fitzgerald in check. That was always one misconception with people thinking that Clements usually covered Fitz. Unfortunately he lost his gig with the injury and everyone played well enough to keep him down the depth chart. He will be good in Oakland

  18. jgrange says: Mar 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    Rivers was awful last year so I’m not too concerned about him. Looks like his non-swearing good guy persona is wearing thin in San Diego.

  19. silvernblak says: Mar 19, 2012 5:55 PM

    Ok? Not a bad move but not a great one either. Can anyone say we have a Porter in the house!??? Get Porter house signed on multi year deal and introduce him to our black hole so they can feel our fan support and that they have a home hear and then watch these guys play their guts out. I’m not a big fan of the 1 yr contracts. I think it makes a guy feel like he’s part of a team but not a team player! Glad to have ya tho Spencer and maybe this year you can find a permanent home with the Raider Nation and get that contract you earn…. LB contracts on the table anybody????

  20. bossplayer213 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:09 PM

    49ers fan here. Shawntae is a pretty solid cover corner. Was always a mystery to me why he didn’t play last year, he battled some injuries early on so maybe that’s why he fell out of favor. But he can play for sure, always put the clamps on Fitz. Good pick up for the Raiders.

  21. raiderrob21 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:16 PM

    Good signing. The secondary is begining to come along. Bartell, Lito and Spencer the vets, Checkwa and Van Dyke the youngsters, sprinkle in Huff, Tyvon and Mitchell at Saftey. Im likin it. Need a couple LBs with one that can rush the passer. Also need to bring back Bush.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  22. clarkisgod says: Mar 19, 2012 6:21 PM

    Merrill Hoge is quite honestly one of the dumbest football people out there!! That being said, he nailed it this time.

  23. mullman7675 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:27 PM

    Porter is a must. It would take the sting off (a little) of the Raiders lack of draft picks. Though, I like what Big Reg is doing so far…

  24. marcsasharc says: Mar 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    the raiders signed an old CB coming off an injury and ineffective play. and now their fans want Porter.

    both Porter and Spencer have been amonst the worst starting CBs the last 4 years. but who cares right?

  25. raidermike34 says: Mar 19, 2012 7:11 PM

    Nice signing!! And I have to give props to some 49er fans on this page that gave us the thumbs up on the Shawntae signing and wishing him well. That was classy!!

    We are courting Porter tomorrow and after that i am hoping as everyone else that we have a LB on our radar – i’d love to get a motor since Groves is a FA like Curtis Lofton, I am hearing he’s asking too much $$ samething with David Hawthorne another run stuffer – Stephen tulloch is a longshot and may be out of our price range..

    Another key add-on would be Manny Lawson who played best under the tutelage of Tarver our DC a couple of years ago –

    Great Job Reggie, Hoping we can securePorter and hoping Wimbley and Bush come back with some counter-offers if it doesnt panout for them.

    Raiders4Life –

    RaiderMike in LA!

  26. raiderapologist says: Mar 19, 2012 8:31 PM

    marcsasharc says: Mar 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    both Porter and Spencer have been amonst the worst starting CBs the last 4 years. but who cares right?

    There’s a surprise. The king of internet idiots has something negative to say about the Raiders. Never saw it coming.

  27. justwinbaby87 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:45 PM

    Tracey porter, ron bartell, spencer, at cb huff and branch at safety , that would be a pretty solid DB corps

  28. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 19, 2012 9:53 PM

    When people are screaming for Porter I think you should consider this, AFC West is full of big physical WRs with the likes of Bowe, Thomas, Floyd, etc. Porter is on the smaller side for a CB at 5’11 and roughly 180lbs. None of these WRs are really known to be burners, they’re physical and they can get downfield, but not really Mike Wallace type of guys.
    Not taking away anything from Porter, but we need a bigger and more physical press corner against our own division. Porter could fit, but not as good of a fit as guys like Spencer or Bartell (given both remain healthy) in the AFC West.

  29. dondiraider says: Mar 19, 2012 9:57 PM

    Good point, maybe slot, or pick up backs or perfect for when we play zone

  30. marke122 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:11 PM

    Hopefully Bartell and Spencer make a few more plays next year and come up with the ball.

  31. marcsasharc says: Mar 19, 2012 10:36 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Mar 19, 2012 8:31 PM
    marcsasharc says: Mar 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    both Porter and Spencer have been amonst the worst starting CBs the last 4 years. but who cares right?

    There’s a surprise. The king of internet idiots has something negative to say about the Raiders. Never saw it coming.

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    go ahead and look it up yourself. both have horrible success rates and stop rates. Porter was amongst the bottom 15 starting CBs last year. Spencer was routinely in the bottom 10 starters each year of his career and didnt have enough plays to even be charted last year.

    im the idiot yet you think these guys are better than crap even though their production numbers are terrible. Ron Bartell on the other hand has been quietly stellar in his career.

    try to pick on someone who wont slice you apart next time.

  32. gitchogameon says: Mar 19, 2012 11:20 PM

    @RaiderMike34: Quinton Groves can kick rocks as far as I’m concerned. He might be able to stay on for ST play. Otherwise I don’t feel there is any team out there wanting this guys’ motor which is stuck in first gear.

    As far as Tarver and Lawson. Tarver coached the DB’s in SF not the LB’s…. jus say’n bruh.

    I like what RM is bringing so far and the new coach “The Mongoose” appears to be all business.

    Step up Raiders – 2012

  33. humboldt420 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:21 AM

    marcsasharc says:
    Mar 19, 2012 10:36 PM

    go ahead and look it up yourself. both have horrible success rates and stop rates. Porter was amongst the bottom 15 starting CBs last year. Spencer was routinely in the bottom 10 starters each year of his career and didnt have enough plays to even be charted last year.

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    Bartell must be atrocious then… read this:

    Scouts Inc. actually gave the 6-foot-1 Spencer a higher grade, 71 to 70, than cornerback Ron Bartell, who the Raiders signed Friday. Here is their evaluation of Spencer:

    “Spencer has been an effective press corner with good man cover skills. He is a tall corner with good downfield speed and long arms that allow him to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage or re-route them after the release. He is more effective in tight man coverage than when in off coverage and still needs work on his route recognition and reading the quarterback’s eyes from zone. He can extend the cushion with his pedal and is fluid and quick to flip his hips to open and run with receivers on deep routes. He has improved on run support but tends to dive at the ball carrier’s legs rather than square up and form tackle.”

  34. raiderapologist says: Mar 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    marcsasharc says: Mar 19, 2012 10:36 PM

    try to pick on someone who wont slice you apart next time.

    Nah. I mentioned last week that Porter got torched more than Routt last year. Oakland had two second year corners on the roster, and not much cash. They need affordable veterans, and that’s what they’re going after.

  35. silvernblak says: Mar 26, 2012 12:17 AM

    marcsashar= …A guy who kows what the hell he is talking about!!!!! Im impressed and would like to hear what you think about what the Raiders present pics and changes and what they have done well on both sides of the ball and where they will be hurt on both sides of the ball as well..I appreciate your comments….lets keep it real Raider Fans! Lets leave all the drama dreams and games in Donkey town!!!!

    I also agree with raiderrob21; …The secondary is looking strong. Bartell, Lito and Spencer the vets, Checkwa and Van Dyke the youngsters, sprinkle in Huff, Tyvon and Mitchell at Saftey. Im likin it. Need just a couple OLBs with anger that can blitz with speed and crush the Mannings of the League.

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