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Raiders keep working on their secondary

Donnie Avery AP

The Raiders have signed three new defensive backs this offseason, but they don’t appear to be done making changes to a unit that did not perform well last season.

The team announced Thursday that they have signed safety Reggie Smith. Smith was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 2008 and spent four years with the team, making seven starts and intercepting a pair of passes. He didn’t play in the NFL in 2012 after getting cut by the Panthers before the start of the regular season.

Oakland also took a look at another cornerback to go with the previously signed Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins on Wednesday. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reports that free agent Jacob Lacey met with the team.

Lacey started nine games for the Lions last season and made 27 starts with the Colts between 2009 and 2011. Lacey, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent, jumped to Detroit after the Colts chose not to tender the prospective restricted free agent a contract for the 2012 season. Lacey is best suited for a role in sub packages, a role he’d be able to fill in Oakland thanks to their other signings this offseason.

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  1. humb0lt says: Apr 11, 2013 12:20 PM

    No question about it. The Raiders are going to have the Dream Team of the UFL.

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    Congrats on being the number one idiot dumbolt.

  3. frankiemontana says: Apr 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    Keep doing what your doing Reggie, bring in players that actually want to play,I for one support you it has been a while since i have seen this much movement w/o spending $. let them compete may the best player start

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 11, 2013 12:44 PM

    Reggie Smith can play; not sure why the Panthers cut him. I wouldn’t sign Jacob Lacey though.

  5. localoutlaw says: Apr 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    Welcome back Charles Woodson!

  6. sickoe47 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    This has “depth” writin all over it.but good move by reggie over all.

  7. tdubdizzle says: Apr 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    humb0lt- Get a job.

  8. dumbolt says: Apr 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    choo choo, it’s that time again for the super bowl express, before it gets derailed again in September.

  9. nativeraider says: Apr 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    As long as were signing players and creating competition im all for it. Its better than keeping the same old players who think their entitled to a spot on the team like the old regime or other teams do.

  10. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:03 PM

    I know it’s trendy to bash the Raiders, but they’re making solid moves this off-season. They absolutely need to hit gold with their first round pick.

  11. r8rsfan says: Apr 11, 2013 1:09 PM

    Reggie is not only purging bloated contracts and chronic underachievers, he’s surgically changing the culture of the franchise. The players signed this off season are hungry, solid character, and grateful/eager to be in Oakland. They might not be the most talented or highest paid, but they are going to have their hearts in it – something that’s been missing from this franchise for many years.

  12. redpillmindstate says: Apr 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    Look for reports of Jason Allen meeting with Oakland to come up pretty soon… he’s a solid guy who got injured then buried on the Bengals depth chart and after signing a pretty nice contract he became to expensive to keep around as a 4th or 5th guy off the bench …..but he has the ability to move from corner to safety and would be a quality pick up for most teams though I doubt for the 3mil. per year the Bengals signed him to prior to last season….

  13. raiderufan says: Apr 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    Hey Humbolt, It’s time to scrap the UFL punchline. If it hasn’t hit yet it’s probably not going to. It’s just not funny.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:21 PM

    Lacey is tuuurble!!!

  15. EJ says: Apr 11, 2013 1:24 PM

    The Raiders are doing more this off-season than the last. Cleaning house and starting new can sometimes pay off. Especially if you are ridding yourself of players that don’t want to play and bringing in one’s that do.

  16. steelerdynasty2010 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:27 PM

    at least somebody’s team is…..

  17. goinalldeway says: Apr 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    I am glad with what the Raiders are doing. These are not the Raiders of old. They recognize what their short comings were last season and are working on it. Secondary was clearly a problem and what it lacked was depth. We cant say that this year. I love what Reggie is doing!!!

    & can everybody get of DUMBOLT. His team has done nothing during free agency so the only thing he can do is come and troll here

  18. humb0lt says: Apr 11, 2013 1:36 PM

    Lighten up Raiders fans. Quit being so sensitive. Everybody recognizes that Reggie McKenzie is dealing with a hellish salary cap situation in 2013 and trying to build the best roster he can for this season to get the Silver and Black over the hump. He has my respect. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Raiders’ talent level in 2013 will be akin to a UFL roster.

  19. nomesayin says: Apr 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    What is, and what should never be…I guess Hue was getting his nails done and didn’t notice that Al drafted Stevie Brown. He had Brown right under his nose for two years and just couldn’t see it, I guess.
    Here we are two years later and we still don’t have anybody who has as much game/potential/talent. Meanwhile, Brown has worked his way into the starting line-up for the Giants, and Reese look like a genius (and Mike Brown, too).

    Smh

  20. spinmovr says: Apr 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    I get it now. Coming in as a fresh GM last January, McKenzie cut what he felt he could and then used 2012 to get to know the team even better. At 4-12 there ain’t much to hold on to. Now that he’s got a year in the big chair, developed relationships around the league and has a better understanding of what’s out there and what OAK has, he’s implementing a plan that’s unlike anything Raider fans have ever seen. Not saying he’s a genius, but this is some new excitement for Raider fans.

  21. thetwilightsown says: Apr 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Apr 11, 2013 1:36 PM
    Lighten up Raiders fans. Quit being so sensitive. Everybody recognizes that Reggie McKenzie is dealing with a hellish salary cap situation in 2013 and trying to build the best roster he can for this season to get the Silver and Black over the hump. He has my respect. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Raiders’ talent level in 2013 will be akin to a UFL roster.
    _______________________________

    You telling us to lighten up is actually way funnier than your UFL line – mix in more of that.

    We’ve waited a long, long time. We’ve watched a once-great icon of the game fall into senility and be wholly consumed by petty, ego-driven, borderline psychotic behavior, only to fully run our life-long and beloved team into the ground. We’ve endured plenty as fans – why should we lighten up? And why do you care… unless you’re as obsessed with this team as your constant presence on Raider threads indicates.
    If memory serves me, you’re a Powder Blue fan (why would I know that???) maybe if your team would do something, anything to improve their perennial wanna-be status, you’d actually have something to do. We may have been the doormats of this division for the last 10 years, but shouldn’t you guys have hoisted the trophy at least ONCE during that time? We’ve been expected to be little more than the material for clever comments and target practice for all you armchair GM/Comedians, you guys were supposed to contend. How’d that work out?

  22. bugorfeature says: Apr 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    @frankiemontana I agree.

    When Pete C. took over the Seahawks they had old and lousy players and he churned the roster multiple times and got players that people thought couldn’t play. Well a lot of them couldn’t play but some of them could and now Seattle has some of the best young talent in the league at some positions.

    McKenzie should look at all options. The Raiders need a clean slate.

  23. bizzyb559 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    The Raiders will have a better record than the Chargers this year. Lock it up!

  24. kenstabler says: Apr 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    A lot of these guys Reggie is accumulating this year might have a chance of starting this year, but in 2014 most of them will be depth for the new crop of incoming draftees over the next couple of years. The raiders had talented front line players, but no depth once someone got injured. Depth was the biggest problem for the team last year with all the injuries. Especially at cornerback.

    The raiders have the least amount of money in the NFL to spend on free agents, since 1/3 of their cap space is dead cap money from the release of so many over paid veterans that Reggie let go. They are paying the piper now, so they can fill that depth until next year when they should have over 40 million to spend on FA’s.

    It will be interesting to see how a bunch of blue collar forgotten players will play this season.

  25. jayr8r says: Apr 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    I read pft religiously everyday especially when it comes to the Raiders. I constantly see comments from Humboldt about oakland when his team hasn’t faired much better over the last 3 years. In those three seasons the raiders beat the chargers..er.. chokers 3 times in a row and he all but disappeared off the thread. I live here in San Diego and I know how fair weather there fans are. #justsayin

  26. raider23x says: Apr 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    I have faith in Reggie. it’s gonna take time but we’re on the right track

  27. dumbolt says: Apr 11, 2013 3:10 PM

    thats ok, humbolt will disappear again once the season starts, until then we have to hear about his chargers ans his super bowl express that never goes anywhere…chargers are a complete train wreck.

  28. njraiderfan19 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:15 PM

    Signing castoffs from other teams? Giving them contracts that force them to prove themselves of be gone? Creating a culture of what are sure to be hungry players?

    Al Davis, circa 1968-1990. Somewhere out there, free of the troubles of his later years, Al is watching what is going on and is smiling. Hendricks, Plunkett, Brown, and so many others came from other teams where they were misfits, underachievers, busts. But they all had certain things in common: hunger, more talent than they were given credit for and no rap sheets.

    Give me a band of second tier players at a bargain who have a lot to prove over a team of overpaid prima donnas any day. Will it work? Not sure, but I give Reggie a ton of credit for having a plan and sticking to it. In 2 years if this team isn’t winning, he’s an idiot…..but if it is, he’s a hero.

    I’m betting on the latter.

  29. raiderapologist says: Apr 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    humb0lt says: Apr 11, 2013 1:36 PM

    Lighten up Raiders fans. Quit being so sensitive. Everybody recognizes that Reggie McKenzie is dealing with a hellish salary cap situation in 2013 and trying to build the best roster he can for this season to get the Silver and Black over the hump. He has my respect. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Raiders’ talent level in 2013 will be akin to a UFL roster.
    ———–
    It’s not that (all) Raider fans are sensitive. It’s the lame UFL joke you apparently stole off someone’s twitter feed and continue to post in various forms every time McKenzie signs a player. It’s just not funny. Remember in 2011 when Rivers was tossing picks and putting the ball on the ground at an alarming rate? Everyone started bashing him, but you stuck up for your man. You posted, “I believe in you, Philip!” That was funny. You should do some more stuff like that.

  30. humb0lt says: Apr 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Raiders fans are the most butt hurt fans in sports. Sorry offending you guys, or girls, whatever. I actually have a soft spot for Oaktown and I respect what Reggie is doing. He’s made the tough decision to get the franchise over the hump with all that dead cap money this year. He’s doing the best job he can cobbling together what will basically be a one-year roster with bottom barrel free agents. My hat is off to him. But the reality is, a lot of these players he’s signing, if they didn’t get offers from the Raiders their only other option would be the UFL, if it’s still going to exist. The UFL “joke” is not really that, and I didn’t get it from anybody else.

  31. raideralex99 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:20 PM

    I don’t have a problem with what Reggie is doing … He has no choice but to sign these type of players with the dead money issue.
    It’s the NFL that has a problem and they should fix it ASAP.
    Raiders can not compete this year because the NFL will not allow it.
    How dumb does that sound … but its true.
    The Raiders cut the out of whack salaries players … those players sign minimum contracts with other teams and the Raiders are the ones who are penalized.??? All that does is make the weaker teams weaker and those players sign with the top teams for nothing and makes them stronger …. Seriously how does that work?

  32. hempoilcures says: Apr 11, 2013 4:24 PM

    ///////spinmovr says:Apr 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    I get it now. Coming in as a fresh GM last January, McKenzie cut what he felt he could and then used 2012 to get to know the team even better. At 4-12 there ain’t much to hold on to. Now that he’s got a year in the big chair, developed relationships around the league and has a better understanding of what’s out there and what OAK has, he’s implementing a plan that’s unlike anything Raider fans have ever seen. Not saying he’s a genius, but this is some new excitement for Raider fans./////////

    Holy chit Mang, you nailed it….Go Raiders

  33. radrntn says: Apr 11, 2013 4:30 PM

    Humbolt, chargers fans are just that …enough said

  34. bwisnasky says: Apr 11, 2013 5:03 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Apr 11, 2013 3:29 PM
    Raiders fans are the most butt hurt fans in sports. Sorry offending you guys, or girls, whatever. I actually have a soft spot for Oaktown and I respect what Reggie is doing. He’s made the tough decision to get the franchise over the hump with all that dead cap money this year. He’s doing the best job he can cobbling together what will basically be a one-year roster with bottom barrel free agents. My hat is off to him. But the reality is, a lot of these players he’s signing, if they didn’t get offers from the Raiders their only other option would be the UFL, if it’s still going to exist. The UFL “joke” is not really that, and I didn’t get it from anybody else.

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    Funny… Guess it does make more sense to have more NFL talent than any other team in the NFL and not be able to make it to the big dance, than to do what you can with limited funds and know you are a year or two away. Truthfully, as much talent as Denver, KC and San Diego have acquired since the Raiders took the big nose dive back in 2003, the Raiders are still the last team from the West to represent the AFC in the Superbowl…. With San Diego’s great history of championships, I can clearly understand all your bravado Humboldt

  35. raidernation210 says: Apr 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    A low life chargers fan talking about the raiders how funny is that. Talk about one of the worst franchises in football, they are so awful Eli Manning didn’t even want to be drafted by them. You really don’t get any worse than. And how many Super Bowls have they won? Please, dumbolt you are just a troll loser. You only wish that dump of a franchise had half the success of the raiders. Go pound sand you loser…

  36. frankiemontana says: Apr 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    Hey Humbolt when I lived in So.Cal and used to go to the Raiders, chargers games it seemed like the SD games were more of a home game for the Raiders, why is that? we would arrive early the night before just like the autumn wind and ruffle the feathers of the boyz that dare to hang out that night and take away their women..because real man wear BLACK……..R.I.P AL,

  37. rayguyreturns says: Apr 11, 2013 7:40 PM

    Shouldn’t Dumbolt be more concerned with his team after getting “Norved” and “A.J’d” for the last five years than worrying about what happens to the Raiders?

  38. raiderapologist says: Apr 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    humb0lt says: Apr 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Raiders fans are the most butt hurt fans in sports. Sorry offending you guys, or girls, whatever. I actually have a soft spot for Oaktown and I respect what Reggie is doing.
    —————
    Nobody is butt hurt by anything you say. We get heckled on a daily basis by posters that show more wit than you could ever hope to posses. You’ve been trolling every Raider post on here for years, and it doesn’t matter if you’re being derisive or trying to make nice, you’re still just that booger-eating little kid from down the street that none of the cool kids want to play with. We know it’s lonely being a Charger fan. There aren’t many of you, and your team is doing pretty much nothing to improve their lot, but nobody values your opinion.

  39. corporate1raider says: Apr 13, 2013 5:25 PM

    Raider Fans.

    Show a little dignity, have a sense of humor, it is, after all, only a game.

    When someone takes a swipe at your team, when someone makes a harsh comment, when someone slams Oakland for not being very good, or perennial losers, or being lame … smile. They are just trying to bait you into an argument. They are just having fun with you at your expense. So, by replying to their ‘funny’ postings, you’re giving them exactly what they want. Don’t do it.

    The better thing to do is ignore their trite little childish remarks and not reply.

  40. corporate1raider says: Apr 13, 2013 5:35 PM

    A few things:

    With all the signings Reggie and Co. have been doing there is something I have noticed. I have noticed that most of the signings are former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round players who were beat out of their positions with their previous teams. If they were taken in the first three rounds I would think they have talent. Maybe they are not top-tier talent but pretty close? It seems to me if you load up your team with pretty good talent then you give that pretty good talent a chance to gel and perhaps grow, as a unit, into more than pretty good talent.

    I think if you have fairly good players across the board in every position then you will end up with a fairly good team and wouldn’t that make us Raider fans pretty happy?

    I like what I have been seeing under Reggie and Coach Allen. Reggie has been doing what Reggie does under very restrictive circumstance and the most impressive thing Coach Allen has achieved is to finally reel in the Raider’s maddening propensity for stupid penalties.

    Reggie is upgrading the team (we hope) as much as he can with no money and no picks. Dennis is instilling in his team awareness of their situation and how not to jump off-side.

    I have seen progress. As odd as it seems, even though they were still losing, the Raiders were getting better last year but I think they hit a plateau because of injuries to the secondary and to a general lack of talent. Add to this the apathy and stupidity of players like McClain, Kelly, and Seymour. With the corrosive influence of loafing, penalty penchant, ‘players’ like those, things, to my mind, are definitely looking up.

    Will the Raider make the play-offs? Will the vie for the SB? Nope. No chance but they will improve and, once again, that will make us Raider fans pretty happy imo.

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