The Raiders have added another veteran cornerback to their defensive secondary according to Pro Football Talk. Shawntae Spencer who the 49ers released a few days ago comes across the bay to join the Raiders on a one year deal. He becomes the second cornerback signing with the team this offseason. He and Ron Bartell both signed one year deals.
Both corners are also 30 years old and have had recent injuries. Bartell had a neck injury that had him out all of the 2011 season and Spencer went out in training camp last season with a hamstring injury.
By the time Spencer was back healthy again, he had lost his starting job to Carlos Rogers of whom the 49ers recently re-signed long term. With the Rogers re-signing, the former starter Spencer became expendable.
He has had a total of 72 starts in his NFL career including every game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Raiders new defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, knows Spencer well as they spent seven seasons together with the 49ers while Tarver was the team's outside linebackers coach.
This signing could mean the end of the Raiders free agent search for corners. Then again, with both deals being one-year, the team could still look for a long term solution. They will reportedly be hosting Saints free agent Tracy Porter in the coming days. Porter is younger (26) and be much more of a long term solution. And the team will need as much cornerback help as they can get with the news that Peyton Manning is joining the Broncos.
The Raiders are 3 for 3 on visits to signings. So if Porter makes a visit, it would seem he signs. If they have no intentions on signing him, they may cancel the visit.