3 Options for Improving the Oakland Raiders' Cornerback Depth
It's no secret that the Oakland Raiders need to improve the secondary if they're to succeed in 2012.
Safety should not be an issue, as the Silver and Black tagged Tyvon Branch and re-signed Matt Giordano.
Reggie McKenzie also acquired some veteran DBs, including Shawntae Spencer, Pat Lee, Brandon Underwood, and Ron Bartell.
Nevertheless, the team is still lacking in depth and could use another presence in the backfield. Here's three possibilities that the Raiders can afford.
Andre' Goodman, Free Agent (DEN)
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Goodman is in his early thirties, has never held a spot as a top-two corner for more than a few years at a time, and doesn't have any particularly flashy skills.
However, he started opposite Champ Bailey for Dennis Allen's Denver defense last year, tallying two interceptions, 10 passes defended, and a pick-six.
A free agent, Goodman would be a great (and familiar) fit for a fresh Raider defense.
Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Yes, he's being tried for aggravated assault, but Aqib Talib is young, talented, and cheap, both in salary and trade.
The Bucs have been trying to maroon Talib since before the lockout, and he's owed less than $2 million this season, so he should be cheap in terms of draft picks.
Al Davis may be gone, but that doesn't mean the Raiders shouldn't take a filer on a player with a troubled track record.
If Tampa Bay will accept a seventh-round choice, or even a swap of seventh rounders, he's worth the risk.
Roderick Hood, Free Agent (STL)
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Roderick Hood has the same cons as Andre' Goodman. He isn't a Denver guy, but he's been quite productive as a second-string corner.
Matt Miller has him at No. 35 amongst the NFL's best.
While he may not be perfect for Dennis Allen's zone-oriented backfield, Hood is another solid player who should be relatively affordable.