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Raiders, Chargers address needs before it’s too late

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On a day where NFL owners picked two Super Bowl sites and left one out in the cold, the Raiders and Chargers made moves to secure two of the better remaining free agents — moves that could help both clubs avoid getting caught short at positions of need.

The Raiders, who have done well to rework their secondary, brought back safety / cornerback Charles Woodson for another stint. He gives the Raiders a little more playmaking ability and experience on the back end of their defense.

The Chargers, meanwhile, finally added another veteran left tackle, signing Max Starks. Perhaps Starks ends up the starter, or maybe King Dunlap wins the job. The point is, the Chargers have more options now, and that’s not a bad thing.

The same can be said about the Raiders. At the beginning of April, their secondary was not in good shape. Since then, the Raiders have drafted cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round and signed veteran cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter. And now, Woodson strengthens their hand at safety.

With Woodson employed, ex-Cardinal Kerry Rhodes and ex-Ram Quintin Mikell are the two most accomplished safeties left on the market. Mikell, for the record, replaces Woodson on PFT’s All-Unemployed Team, which was updated Tuesday night.

Starks’ signing further thins the left tackle market, with ex-Eagle Demetress Bell taking his place on the All-Unemployed squad.

The Chargers had a need, and they made a reasonable attempt at filling it Tuesday. The same can be said for the Raiders.

As summer nears, this is getting tougher and tougher to do around the league.

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21 Responses to “Raiders, Chargers address needs before it’s too late”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: May 21, 2013 11:05 PM

    Raiders secondary should be way BETTER then last year!!!

  2. racerx1225 says: May 21, 2013 11:12 PM

    Raiders also signed FS Usama Young the 6th rated FS FA available this off season and Reggie Smith from SF and converted Brandian Ross to FS. Now they have an all pro in Branch and Woodson a HOF in the Safety spots and DJ Hayden and Tracey Porter in the CBs. With Mike Jenkins backing them up. Wow, what a long way they have come. Reggie McKenzie is great!

  3. racerx1225 says: May 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    The Raiders now have 1 of the best LB’ing corps and the best Secondary’s in the NFL.

  4. racerx1225 says: May 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    Who dat?

  5. JMClarkent says: May 21, 2013 11:15 PM

    If King Dunlap ends up starting, the back up QB should ask for a raise…

  6. vfan76 says: May 21, 2013 11:18 PM

    Raiders need to address the entire team.

  7. silvernblak says: May 21, 2013 11:23 PM

    Rome was not built in a day!

  8. hobby53963 says: May 21, 2013 11:30 PM

    comming from a packerfan love chuck but father time has caught up with him, last yr wasnt much of a player anymore, sad. wish him luck tho.

  9. nflhof says: May 21, 2013 11:45 PM

    Raiders are paper thin.

  10. sickoe47 says: May 21, 2013 11:46 PM

    If the rookies contribute (sio moore,david bass,dj hayden,stacy mcgee) and the addition of vetrans like charles woodson,jason hunter,vance walker,pat sims,tracy porter,mike jenkins,burnett and usama young this could be a very scary defence.

  11. wishulivednsd says: May 22, 2013 12:11 AM

    Also Woodson is a little closer to Tijuana again.

  12. silverandblack052099 says: May 22, 2013 12:31 AM

    Nice article.

    And welcome home Charles Woodson!

  13. efriedo says: May 22, 2013 2:07 AM

    Apparently you haven’t been paying attention. THE RAIDERS HAVE ADDRESSES THE ENTIRE TEAM!

  14. raiders742 says: May 22, 2013 2:44 AM

    Next season the Raiders will have over 70million in cap thats when the fun begins!

  15. mullman76 says: May 22, 2013 2:58 AM

    Big Reg is doing good work.

    Hopefully all the primaries can stay healthy.

    Go Raiders

  16. blackandbluedivision says: May 22, 2013 4:23 AM

    Now all they need is a QB who won’t lose them games.

  17. torturedraiderfan says: May 22, 2013 6:31 AM

    In my opinion, this was a pretty significant signing for the Raiders. They desparately need some veteran leadership. They have enough young players, not enough experience. Woodson brings leadership, experience and he can still play. More importantly, he choose the Raiders over the Broncos. Denver fans can rationalize all they want about low ball offers and not really wanting him, but all we’ve heard from Bronco players over the past few days (Manning, Moore, Baily) is how much they wanted Woodson to joining their team. So Woodson and Cribbs are two players that had options in free agency and decided to sign with the Raiders. Hopefully other free agents will think about listening to what Reggie has to offer. Hey, the past 10 years haven’t been kind to us Raider fans so let us enjoy the moment.

  18. chargerssbchamp49 says: May 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    Fact of the matter is RADIERS dont have a QB ! Or WR’s
    They sign bumbs like a back up nickel corner jenkins and a corner who is known for 1-YEAR DEALS FOR A REASON.then they draft a CB who wasnt on draft boards until a week before the draft. They only drafted him because mayock said to ! Thats crazy . Be ready to have the #1 pick this year because your going 0-16 …

    PS. THE CHARGERS WILL SWEEP YALL 2-0 AGAIN

  19. radrntn says: May 22, 2013 11:40 AM

    chargerssbchamp49 says:
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    are you saying the chargers will be champs in 2049? until then you should use the name chargersbchumps

  20. ryanmg93 says: May 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    Raiders need to relocate to Tijuana. Every year fans say they will be amazing and be so much better than the last couple decades. But fact of the matter is that they keep getting worse.

  21. militantgod says: May 22, 2013 3:56 PM

    Branch an All Pro?

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