Originally published on SBReport.net on Sept. 3, 2012
Reports have surfaced that the Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Joselio Hanson and released second-year cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke in order to make room for the signing.
Van Dyke was a third-round pick by the late Al Davis and showed promise in the early beginnings of training camp but was unable to bring the same type of play to the field during preseason games.
Hanson has played with the Philadelphia Eagles for the past six years after playing across the bay with the San Francisco 49er's his rookie season as an un-drafted free agent. Hanson was released byt he Eagles this week to help the team get down to the 53-man roster.
Hanson provides the Raiders with a slot cornerback with plenty of experience and allows the team to have more flexibility in their coverage schemes.
Van Dyke's release comes just a couple days after the release of fellow second-year defensive back Chimdi Chekwa. Chekwa is now on the Raiders practice squad.
The release/signing is another example of an Al Davis draft pick not fitting new general manager Reggie McKenzie's plan and shows that there are no "scholarships" on this team.
Hanson brings quality experience from his seven-year career, appearing in 104 games with 19 starts. Hanson started six games in 2010, the most of his career thus far.