Saturday, March 17, 2012
Raiders look at another cornerback
By Bill Williamson
Predictably, the Oakland Raiders’ search for veteran cornerbacks didn’t end when they signed Ronald Bartell on Friday.
CSNBayArea.com reports Shawntae Spencer visited the Raiders on Friday. He was released by the 49ers earlier in the week. Spencer has started 72 games. He didn’t start any games last season. New Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver worked with Spencer for seven seasons.
Spencer, 30, is not an upper-level player, but he does have good experience and Oakland needs that because it is essentially starting over at the position. Bartell, 30, has 66 career starts, but he missed all but one game last season with a neck injury.
Basically, expect any available cornerback to be linked to the Raiders these days, including New Orleans’ Tracy Porter, who played for new Oakland head coach Dennis Allen with the Saints.
In other AFC West news:
- NFL Network is reporting right tackle Eric Winston is still in Kansas City, which may be an indication the Chiefs have a good chance of signing him.
- Pittsburgh free-agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery is reportedly going to visit the Chiefs Monday. He would be a rotational player. Cotchery, who will turn 30 in June, had 16 catches in 2011.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shot down an San Diego Union-Tribune report that the Steelers were interested in Chargers’ running back Mike Tolbert. For what it’s worth, I’ve also heard the Steelers, who are cap-strapped, like Tolbert. He is making a visit with an undisclosed team Saturday.
- The Titans worked out Peyton Manning on Saturday. Denver worked him out Friday. The Broncos, 49ers and Titans are expected to be the finalists to sign Manning, who is expected to make his decision in the coming days.