Raiders News: Former Giants S Curtis Riley Announces Signing with OAK

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2019

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Curtis Riley #35 of the New York Giants in action during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. The Giants defeated the 49ers 27-23.  (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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Former Tennessee Titans and New York Giants safety Curtis Riley is set to sign a contract with the Oakland Raiders in free agency.

Riley announced his destination on Twitter on Friday:

The Fresno State product joined the Titans after going undrafted in 2015. After sitting out his first NFL season with an ankle injury, he filled a reserve role in the secondary over the next two years. He made 11 combined tackles and one interception across 11 appearances.

Riley signed a one-year contract with the Giants last March and won a starting job for the first time in his career.

The 26-year-old safety tallied 75 combined tackles, five passed defended and four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, while starting all 16 games for New York.

Although he posted his best statistical season, Pro Football Focus only graded him as the league's 79th-best safety for 2018.

Riley was benched during the Giants' Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys for his lackluster effort to make a tackle on a 39-yard touchdown catch by Blake Jarwin.

"I don't need one," he told Greg Joyce of the New York Post about not being given a reason for his benching. "I'm straight. They made a decision that they needed to make."

Riley will likely serve in a depth capacity behind Lamarcus Joyner and Karl Joseph in Oakland.

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