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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Oakland has signed cornerback Chris Johnson to a long-term contract. The newspaper reported Wednesday that a deal was close.
Johnson was set to be a free agent Feb. 27. This was a strong move by Oakland. Johnson played very well in the second half of the season after the team suddenly ended the DeAngleo Hall experiment by cutting him after eight games. Johnson is a fast player who showed nice ball skills. He is a clear No. 2 cornerback but he is solid.
Now, Oakland will turn its attention to other pressing needs. Next up Oakland will likely put the franchise tag on star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. If that happens, Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler will be an unrestricted free agent and will likely leave the team.
The Raiders also may cut some veterans in the coming weeks. Possibilities include defensive back Michael Huff and receivers Ronald Curry and Javon Walker.