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Usama Young returns to Raiders on 2-year deal

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Bob Levey

After a couple days of wheeling and dealing to bring in new defensive starters, the Raiders mad an insurance investment Saturday, re-signing safety Usama Young to a 2-year deal. Originally reported by Mike Garafolo and confirmed by Young's agent.

Young joined the Raiders last off-season on a one-year deal and was initially seen as the starter. Then the team signed Charles Woodson and Usama was relegated to backup duties all season. When Tyvon Branch went out injured in week two, it was Brandian Ross who stepped in as the starter with Young playing sparingly. Young appeared in 12 games with one start, recording 26 tackles (20 solo), one interception, and three passes defended.

Dennis Allen is familiar with his his 28-year-old safety as he was a reserve safety for the New Orleans Saints his first four years in the league while Allen was defensive backs coach there. They were both with the Saints when they won the Super Bowl in 2009.

The Raiders are still attempting to reach an agreement with Charles Woodson for a final season. In the meantime, Usama Young offers them a viable option should a deal not be reached.