The Raiders have announced they have officially re-signed reserve safety Matt Giordano. The terms and length of the deal have yet to be released although it is expected to be a one year deal, at or close to veteran minimum.
The former California Golden Bear led the team with five interceptions last season. He came into camp last season as a free agent and initially looked to be a long shot to make the team. But a season ending injury to Hiram Eugene, opened the door for Giordano, and he took his opportunity and played extremely well.
All of his interceptions were crucial, especially for a team which had so few overall. But the one that was probably the more important was the one in the 16-13 overtime win over the Chiefs in week 16 to help keep the Raiders playoff hopes alive.
Along with his five interceptions, his 70 combined tackles (56 solo) was good for third on the team. He accomplished those numbers with just eight starts in relief of Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch. He also played well on special teams.
At just 5-11, 190 pounds, Giordano doesn't look like much. But he plays big and has a nose for the ball.
Originally a round four draft pick by the Colts, Giordano spent his first four seasons in Indianapolis. During those four seasons, the Colts won the Super Bowl and another AFC Championship. He spent the following two seasons with the Packers then Saints where first Reggie McKenzie, then Dennis Allen became familiar with his contributions. Obviously, they liked what they saw. As well they should.