Report: Raiders agree to 2-year deal with S Reggie Nelson
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StatsLLC: Apr 7 / 12:00a ET
News: The Oakland Raiders signed Nelson, giving them a replacement for retired Pro Bowler Charles Woodson and a proven starter in the secondary.
Impact: The 32-year-old Nelson is coming off his best season, having tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions last season for Cincinnati. He was also selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career.
Rotowire: Apr 6 / 4:34p ET
News: The Raiders and Nelson agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: One of the top free agents remaining on the market, Nelson conveniently fills a need in the Raiders' secondary at free safety, which has been his domain throughout nine campaigns with the Jaguars and Bengals. Overall, he's picked off 30 passes, forced eight fumbles, recovered five fumbles, and recorded 6.5 sacks in 138 career games. Of those 30 interceptions, he notched a career-high eight last season, which is a telling sign for his IDP viability as a 32-year-old defensive back.
Rotowire: Apr 4 / 11:23a ET
News: Nelson is scheduled to visit the Raiders this week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Nelson started every game for the Bengals over the past two seasons, registering 77 tackles and a league-best eight interceptions just last year. Although he's slated to turn 33 years old during the first month of the upcoming campaign, his skill and experience would further bolster an Oakland secondary that already added cornerback Sean Smith this offseason.