Originally published on SBReport.net on April 9, 2013
The Raiders have relied heavily on free agency to help rebuild their defense, and continued to do so as they signed cornerback Mike Jenkins and now safety Usama Young.
It has been reported that the Raiders have agreed to a one-year deal with Jenkins, who spent his last five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Jenkins is a former first-round draft pick, as well as a former Pro Bowler, that lost out on an opportunity to start when the Cowboys signed free agent Brandon Carr last season. Jenkins has played in 71 games, while recording 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 43 passes defensed.
The addition of Jenkins gives the Raiders two former starters with Tracy Porter recently signed, to go along with Phillip Adams, who started for the first time last season for the Raiders.
Young spent his last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after spending his first four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, where he worked under Raiders head coach Dennis Allen who was the secondary coach at the time.
A third-round draft pick out of Kent State, Young has appeared in 81 games with 25 career starts. Young's career high in tackles came in 2011 when he played in all 16 games and notched 70 tackles (51 solo). The 27-year-old safety appeared in 13 games last season (starting 11) and tallied a career high in interceptions (3) and sacks (1.5).
Terms of the contracts have not been released.