The Oakland Raiders and free agent cornerback Tarell Brown agreed to a contract on Friday, according to the team's official Twitter account:
The Oakland Raiders have signed CB Tarell Brown. pic.twitter.com/PA3FWG1vQN— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 14, 2014
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that the deal is for one year and guarantees Brown $3.5 million:
Former 49ers CB Tarell Brown reached agreement on a 1-year, $3.5M fully guaranteed contract with Raiders.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2014
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck, who signed with Oakland on Thursday, was among the first to welcome Brown on Friday:
The move, although excellent for Oakland, will likely come as a surprise for San Francisco 49ers fans. After all, CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco reported on Friday that the 49ers were willing to offer Brown $10 million over the next three seasons:
49ers are comfortable with Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock as the starters, and they're willing to pay Tarell Brown 3 yrs/$10M per source.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 14, 2014
The 29-year-old defender, who spent the past seven seasons in the Bay Area with San Francisco, played in 13 regular-season games in 2013, recording 32 combined tackles, 10 passes defensed a fumble recovery.
The former Texas Longhorn also boasts invaluable postseason experience, playing in seven playoff games with San Francisco since 2011. Brown has seven passes defensed and two interceptions in the playoffs.
As writer and analyst Ralph D. Brown II points out, the signing is just the latest in a slew of noteworthy additions for the Raiders:
The Raiders sign Tuck, Woodley and Tarell Brown. All guys with Super Bowl experience.. Much needed in that locker room.— Ralph D. Brown II (@RalphDBrown) March 14, 2014
Since being drafted in the fifth round by the 49ers back in 2007, Brown has appeared in 100 regular-season games and has recorded 11 interceptions over that time.
Although Brown didn't become a regular starter until 2011 when Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco, the veteran is sure to provide a significant boost to Oakland's secondary in 2014. In addition to his experience, Brown possesses solid anticipation and ball skills.
Keep in mind that Oakland's defense ranked 28th against the pass in 2013, allowing 256 yards per game and 33 touchdowns over the course of 16 games.
Brown won't help solve all of the Raiders' problems on the back end, but his presence is certain to have a positive impact on one of the league's most downtrodden franchises.
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