Just after the season, in our re-sign priorities, Reggie Nelson was among the ‘let ‘em walk’ players. That was before Paul Guenther was named defensive coordinator. And he wants players on his team familiar with his system. So, the 34-year-old Nelson is coming back according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Free agent safety Reggie Nelson agreed to terms with the #Raiders on 1-year deal, source said. Someone to help teach DC Paul Guenther’s system.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2018
Nelson had finished up a 2-year contract with the Raiders he signed in 2016. He started every game in his two seasons in Oakland. The first of which he picked off five passes and headed to his second Pro Bowl. The second he had good tackle number (89), tying for the team lead, but gave up a lot of catches and was rarely in position to protect from the deep ball and the Raiders secondary was gouged time and time again.
In his defense (so to speak), Nelson wasn’t the only one who was lost last season. No one on the team intercepted a pass in the first ten games — an NFL all time record — under defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.
For what it’s worth, in 2015 under Guenther, Nelson led the NFL with 8 interceptions.