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Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

The Raiders continued fleshing out their secondary Friday, agreeing on terms of a contract with safety Curtis Riley, the team announced.

The former New York Giant visited the team’s Alameda facility Thursday and left without a deal, but he ended up taking the Raiders' offer despite interest from other teams.

Riley hinted at a pact on Twitter, saying he was coming to the Bay Area. He’ll exchange coasts after starting all 16 games at free safety with last year’s Giants. He had 75 tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups for that squad.

He’ll have an opportunity to play significant snaps in the Raiders' secondary. High-priced free-agent signing Lamarcus Joyner also is a free safety but is expected to play slot cornerback regularly in 2019, likely shuttling back and forth between positions.

Riley could step in as the free safety in sub packages that defenses spend significant time in nowadays. Erik Harris will compete for that role opposite strong safety Karl Joseph.

The Raiders have options in the secondary now, with the aforementioned safeties and depth at cornerback. Gareon Conley is a virtual lock to start at one outside cornerback spot. Daryl Worley is expected to return on a second-round free-agent tender, through Thursday’s signing, Nevin Lawson, will compete for time there as well. Last year’s fourth-round pick, Nick Nelson, will have to fight for time with this new defensive back depth chart.

The Raiders could draft another defensive back as well, especially if a good one slips and becomes a great value pick.

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News of Riley’s agreement should excite quarterback Derek Carr. Riley’s a fellow Fresno State alum, and was teammates with Carr in 2013.

The Raiders also had interest in George Iloka, who played with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati. Iloka visited the Raiders' complex Thursday, but he left without a deal and scheduled other visits. 

NFL Draft 2019: Raiders pick Clelin Ferrell No. 4, add to pass rush

NFL Draft 2019: Raiders pick Clelin Ferrell No. 4, add to pass rush

The Raiders have selected defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Ferrell, 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, starred for three seasons at Clemson. As a junior, he recorded 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss on the undefeated national champions. 

Over his three-year college career, Ferrell finished with 27 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss. 

Though he grew up in Virginia, Ferrell isn't new to Bay Area football. He mirrors his game after former 49ers and Raiders star pass rusher Aldon Smith. His plan is to be what Smith never lived up to be in his derailed NFL career. 

“I know his career didn’t pan out the way a lot of people wanted, but (he’s) the reason I wear No. 99,” Ferrell said Saturday during College Football National Championship media day at SAP Center. “I feel like I could be … and I don't know if anything’s over with [Smith's career] -- that’s still in the works -- but I feel like I can be what he should've been and where he should be in his career right now.

“I know he has had some setbacks, and I always pray that he'll return to the level he was. I always looked up to him and his game."

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NFL draft rumors: Dwayne Haskins moved up Raiders' board, is option at No. 4

NFL draft rumors: Dwayne Haskins moved up Raiders' board, is option at No. 4

The 2019 NFL Draft is less than 12 hours away and no one has any idea what is going to happen when commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium.

While there is a ton of intrigue surrounding the Arizona Cardinals, who hold the No. 1 overall pick, a lot of questions also surround what the Raiders plan to do at No. 4 overall.

For months it has appeared that Oakland would take Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams if he is still on the board, but there have been a number of leaks in the past week that suggest the Raiders have other plans.

Some have reported that head coach Jon Gruden loves Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. The Raiders could either try to trade up to grab the Heisman Trophy winner or cross their fingers that the Cardinals pass so they can snatch him at No. 4.

But what if the Silver and Black have their eye on a different top-tier quarterback?

Reports leaked last week that Oakland has been "super impressed" by Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that Haskins has moved up the Raiders' draft board and is an option at No. 4.

This is most certainly a draft day smokescreen from the Raiders.

But with news leaking that Washington owner Daniel Snyder has taken over the team's first-round approach in search of a quarterback, it's possible Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are trying to force the Redskins, who reportedly love Haskins, to trade up in order to get their man. 

It could be that the Raiders assume Williams, Murray and Nick Bosa will go in the top three, leaving them with a choice between taking defensive tackle Ed Oliver or trading down.

The Raiders likely could get a haul for the No. 4 pick, and if the top three guys are off the board when they go on the clock, it would be a wise move to trade down in order to recoup more assets.

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Of course, maybe they do really like Haskins and the draft will go off the rails four picks in.