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Report: Raiders hosting safety Marcus Gilchrist for free agent visit

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After missing out on one Texans’ defensive back, the Raiders have their sights on another. Safety Marcus Gilchrist will be visiting the team today, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Raiders fans may remember Gilchrist as a former second round pick of the Chargers. He spent his first four NFL season in San Diego from 2011-14, starting every game his final two seasons there.

In moving on to the Jets, he had his best season, with career highs in interceptions (3), passes defended (7), and tackles (82). The following season was cut short by a torn patellar tendon.

The 5-10, 193-pound safety had a bounce back year in Houston last season and is still just 29 years old, appearing in all 16 games with 13 starts while adding 1 interception, 6 passes defended and 56 tackles.

With former top pick Karl Joseph, and 2017 second round pick Obi Melifonwu in place, the Raiders aren’t desperate for help at the safety spot. But competition from a proven veteran like Gilchrist would be good insurance.