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If Raiders looking to add a defensive back, two good options just hit the market

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Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

There isn't a lot of certainty with regard to the Raiders secondary as it currently stands. They have the guys who they are looking at as starters at corner and both safety positions, but adding more talent would be highly beneficial. A couple of options for that just came available.

First off, the Patriots released six-year cornerback Kyle Arrington. The former fulltime starter was set to make $4 million this season.

Over his first three seasons in New England, he started nearly every game at right cornerback. Over the past two seasons, he has played all over the secondary, appearing in 30 games with 16 starts.

Arrington is seen as a very good slot cornerback and would make for a very valuable addition to go along with Raiders current projected starters, D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie. Arrington would also add some much needed insurance should Hayden or Carrie be injured, for which they have both become somewhat known.

The other player is Texans former second round pick D.J. Swearinger. The strong safety has appeared in 32 games with 22 starts over his 2 seasons in the NFL. He has not been released by the Texans but they have put him on the trading block and if no team steps up to trade for him, he is expected to be released.

Charles Woodson is expected to start at strong safety for the Raiders again this season, though this is expected to be his final season so options for an eventual replacement are needed. As of now the depth behind him consists of basically just Larry Asante, who the team signed off the street during last year's training camp, cut, and re-signed this offseason.

Swearinger has averaged 72 tackles (53 solo) over the past two seasons. Last season he had 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.

Where he gets in trouble is being undisciplined. He struggles most against the run and was among the league leaders with 16 missed tackles last season. He also had a couple of incidents off the field including being sued by a body shop for driving away without paying for $20k worth of upgrades to his truck.

He is set to make $1.6 million next season with the Texans reportedly asking for a 6th or 7th round pick in trade. If released he would be subject to waivers with the Raiders sitting fourth on the waiver order.