Today was the day the Raiders tried out free agent defensive backs. And they have signed one of them, adding former Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson.
Lawson signs a reported 1-year, $3 million deal with the team.
The 5-9. 192-pounder was a fourth round pick by the Lions out of Utah State in the 2014 draft. He spent five years in Detroit, becoming a starter in his second season and starting nearly every game the past three seasons.
While Lawson has 25 career passes defended, he has never recorded an interception in his five-year NFL career. He was released by the Lions on March 10 in a cost cutting move as he was due to make $5 million this season. He wasn’t the best corner out there, but he may be a better value than some others.
Lawson joins a Raiders cornerback group led by Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, recent nickel corner addition Lamarcus Joyner, and Nick Nelson.
Also see our Free Agency tracker as well as where the Raiders stand in terms of available money under the cap.