Rashaan Melvin spent last year with the Raiders after being signed as a free agent from the Colts, but that was a one-year deal and Melvin has found a new home after signing with the Detroit Lions this week. Contract terms and details are not known at this time.
Melvin took to Twitter after signing his deal and had a message for Raider Nation.
Im thankful for every opportunity God has placed in my life. We all must go through some things to get to what is actually meant for us. Excited about this next step! #onepride pic.twitter.com/S2iJe7xmbA— Rashaan Melvin (@Rmelvin30) March 23, 2019
The Raiders have brought back a few of their free agent players, but it doesn’t look like they made any attempt to bring back Melvin, who will likely fill the hole left by Nevin Lawson, one of the newest Raider defenders.
Melvin started seven games for the Raiders last year, totaling 56 tackles and one interception. Melvin has bounced around since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent from Norther Illinois, spending time with Tampa Bay, Miami, New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Oakland. He seemed to fall out of favor with the Raiders’ coaching staff last season, but perhaps the Lions will get a better year out of him opposite star CB Darius Slay.