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Report: Raiders to sign safety LaMarcus Joyner to 4-year deal

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Late on the first day of the free agency negotiating period, the Raiders made their second splash and their first big splash on defense, adding safety LaMarcus Joyner on a 4-year deal.

The former second round pick played last season on the franchise tag after a season in which he put up 3 interceptions and 9 passes defended. His coverage numbers came down last season picking off just one pass with 3 passes defended sharing a secondary with newly acquired cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib. But his tackle numbers went up to a career high 78 combined tackles.

Joyner can also play nickel corner, and if the 5-8 DB lines up at safety along with the 5-10 Karl Joseph the Raiders will have one of the shortest safety duos in the league.

They also have the 6-3 Erik Harris adding key depth as well as some much needed size to the secondary.