The first report of a free agent defensive player actually signing a deal with the Raiders has come out. The team has added former Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist on a one-year deal according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Gilchrist is a former second round pick of the Chargers. He spent last season in Houston. The 29-year-old safety has 11 career interception and 32 career pass defended.
The 8th year DB has played all over the secondary. He was as cornerback early in his career in San Diego, moved to strong safety after two years, played free safety for the Jets for two years, and was all over the place for the Texans last sesaon.
#Raiders new S Marcus Gilchrist in one word: Versatile.— Austin Gayle (@AustinGayle_PFF) March 16, 2018
The 5-foot-10, 198-pounder and former second-round pick played significant defensive snaps (100+) at free safety, strong safety, slot cornerback and linebacker with HOU in 2017. https://t.co/8dpwTozaIa
The Raiders are expected to do some shuffling at safety with Reggie Nelson leaving in free agency. Gilchrist’s versatility will come in handy as he will compete with Karl Joseph, Obi Melifonwu, and Shalom Luani for playing time at the safety position in Oakland.