In need of defensive back help, the Oakland Raiders are reportedly showing interest in Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter.
With Chimdi Chekwa and Patrick Lee listed as the Raiders’ starting cornerbacks, Oakland currently sits without any starting caliber corners. Bringing aboard both may be a realistic situation for Oakland, and they have also been talking to veteran corner Terence Newman, who is deciding between them and the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Both Porter, 26, and Jenkins, 28, are both at very desirable ages being under 30. Both were heavily hindered by injury problems in the 2012 season and with a soft market price for corners currently, they could come cheap.
Porter would be an ideal fit for the Raiders defense, having played under head coach Dennis Allen during his stay with the New Orleans Saints, he would be a starter upon arrival. Coming off a down year where he was riddled with injuries, including a concussion, his price tag shouldn’t be too high.
Jenkins would definitely start as well for Oakland. A pro-bowler from 2009 where he compiled five interceptions and 19 pass deflections, he has only listed two interceptions since then and sat out a lot of 2012 due to injury. He played mostly as the nickleback for the Dallas Cowboys last season.
Having shored up a new linebacking core with the signatures of Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett and Kaluka Maiva, Oakland most obvious deficiency is the defensive backfield. Currently having around $11 million in cap space with the recent release of defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, players going for deduced salaries are ideal for the team due to the vast amount of holes.
There are also the pending releases of quarterback Carson Palmer and disgruntled linebacker Rolando McClain. If both were to be let go, it could create around $10 million in cap space for the Raiders. With Kelly’s release, that should be more than enough money to address some of the teams many needs.