Throughout the 2012 season, it became more and more apparent just how weak and thin the Raiders were at the cornerback position.
Throughout this offseason, it was going to be an absolute necessity to address which, and prior to selecting CB D.J. Hayden in the first round of the draft, the Raiders also looked to do by signing veteran free agents Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins.
Porter and Jenkins are both talented players, but have experienced some struggles in recent seasons. Given their hopes of re-establishing themselves as quality starters, and the Raiders’ need for significant competition at cornerback, the fits make sense for all parties.
While it remains to be seen if Porter and Jenkins can both get back to the level of play they are capable of, both are still relatively young, and represent low-risk signings for the Raiders.
At the very least, these signings allow for increased competition in the defensive backfield, thus increasing the quality of depth as well.
Either way, heading into 2013, the Raiders’ cornerback group is in a much better position than it was just one year ago.