Raiders get ‘Domino Effect’ Signing of Defensive Players — Patriots Line Backer Dane Fletcher to visit — Saffold announces weight room press event Tuesday — New Raiders RB working oil fields in Canada

 

Raiders making moves to tighten up leaky defense (by Vic Tafur, SF Gate)…New Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown called it a “domino effect,” and the pieces of a new defense have been falling into place the past couple of days. What’s next in free agency, now that Oakland has added Brown and defensive linemen Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith? (read more)

Raiders agree to 2-year deal with S Usama Young (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)…The Raiders agreed Saturday on a two-year deal to keep free-agent safety Usama Young after an injury-shortened first year in Oakland. Agent Andy Simms said on Twitter that Young will sign the deal to stay in Oakland. The Raiders have not made an announcement because the contract has not yet been signed. (read more)

RELATED COVERAGE:
Raiders bring back one of their own (Bay Area News Group)
Raiders re-sign safety Young to two-year deal (CSN Bay Area)

Dane Fletcher to visit Raiders  (by Mike Reiss, ESPN)…Free-agent linebacker Dane Fletcher is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders and will head to town Sunday. Fletcher, who led the Patriots in special-teams tackles last season (15) and played 18 percent of the defensive snaps (primarily as a sub/coverage player), previously visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (read more)

Raiders Agree to Contract with Darren McFadden  (Raiders.com)…“I am really excited to be back in Silver and Black,” McFadden said. “There is no place I’d rather be. I want to prove to the team that drafted me that I am a top running back in this league, and I really want to help this team win. I’m happy to be back in Oakland.” (read more)

RELATED COVERAGE:
McFadden officially back with Raiders for seventh season (Bay Area News Group)

Gauging four potential Raiders QBs  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…ESPN.com has learned that Oakland has targeted four such QBs, in this order – Matt Schaub, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman and Michael Vick. It is interesting to note that Schaub and Sanchez are not yet free agents as neither has been cut by their respective team … yet. (read more)

Rodger Saffold invites media into weight room to prove his shoulder is fine  (by Josh Hill, SI.com FANSIDED)…“My shoulder feels great,” Saffold said Friday. “And if you (reporters) have any more questions, you guys can come into the weight room. I’ll be with Rock on Tuesday.” (read more)

Despite signing an NFL deal, Kory Sheets is still working an offseason oil job in Saskatchewan (by Andrew Bucholtz)…“I need to pay bills,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get a signing bonus so I had to come up here and work.” Sheets has spent his off-season working with a trucking company out of Carnduff—in the south east corner of the province near the US border—that provides rig-moving services in the oilfield. (read more)

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