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Friday, March 16, 2012
Raiders sign CB Ronald Bartell

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

After cutting seven players in a salary-cap dump, including pass-rusher Kamerion Wimbley on Friday, new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is finally in the spending mood.

The Raiders signed former St. Louis Rams cornerback Ronald Bartell to a one-year deal. Bartell missed all but one game last year with a neck injury. He has started 66 NFL games.

He will start for Oakland, which entered the day with no experienced NFL starters at the position.

Oakland also signed Houston Texans guard Mike Brisiel. Brisiel, who started 13 games at guard last season for Houston, has extensive experience with two of the Raiders' new assistants. Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was quarterbacks coach with the Texans the past two seasons and offensive line coach Frank Pollack was an assistant line coach for all of Brisiel's five seasons with the Texans.

Brisiel got a five-year contract worth almost $20 million and Bartell got a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with incentives, according to a person familiar with the deals who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not release terms.

"Both players are proven, productive professionals with excellent track records in this league," general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement. "We are extremely excited to have them both play for the Raiders."

The Raiders have also shown interest in New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter, who played for new Oakland coach Dennis Allen when Allen was the Saints' secondary coach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.