Hours after addressing their glaring need at quarterback by signing Jimmy Garoppolo, the Las Vegas Raiders pivoted to their big needs on defense.
According to multiple reports, Las Vegas agreed to terms with Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps. Minutes later, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Raiders agreed to terms with Indianapolis Colts cornerback Brandon Facyson. NFL Media reported Epps is getting a two-year, $12 million deal.
The #Raiders are signing safety Marcus Epps to a two-year, $12 million deal with nearly $8M guaranteed, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2023
Epps, 27, started all 20 games for Philadelphia last season. Now he cashes in. pic.twitter.com/wX40uLhdNf
The @Raiders have come to terms on an agreement with DB Brandon Facyson— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) March 13, 2023
The safety free-agent class was strong. Epps was considered a mid-level player at this free-agent class at the position, He had a solid season for the Eagles and he was strong against the run,
Had heard earlier today that the Raiders and Jordan Poyer had mutual interest. Vegas gets Marcus Epps, who can start opposite Tre'von Moehrig.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 13, 2023
He will start, probably alongside 2021 second-round pick Tre’von Moehrig, who struggled in his first season in Patrick Graham’s defense after having a good rookie season. The team could also bring back Duron Harmon, who was solid on a one-year contract last year.
Marcus Epps played 1,058 defensive snaps last season, the most by any Eagles player.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 13, 2023
8 of Philly's top 9 players by total defensive snaps last season have either left, are current free agents, or have received permission to seek a trade. https://t.co/Z1GMyEFeJa
Epps, 27 was drafted out of Wyoming by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round in 2019. He was cut later that year. He had been with the Eagles since. The 2022 season was his first as a full-time starter. He has 25 career starts. He has three career interceptions and had none in 2022. He had 94 tackles last season.
Facyson will likely be a rotational cornerback and he is making his second stint with the Raiders. The Las Vegas brass let Facyson walk in free agency last year, but are bringing him back. He started four games for the Colts last season. he played in 12 games and started nine for the Raiders in 2021. The only interception of his five-season NFL career came with the Raiders.