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Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

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Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in a felony battery case stemming from an alleged incident outside his Hollywood, Fla. home.

Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck, Hollywood police said Tuesday.

Holt was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of felony battery. Police attempted to speak to Brown regarding the situation but were unsuccessful.

Police hoped to contact Brown in order to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.

The receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 of the NFL regular season after being released by the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brown spent training camp with the Raiders before demanding his release following a bizarre sequence of confrontations with management.

Ranking Raiders' top 20 defensive players heading into 2020 NFL Draft

Ranking Raiders' top 20 defensive players heading into 2020 NFL Draft

The Raiders spent big in free agency and focused on the defense.

They added two, three-down linebackers in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. They bolstered their interior line with Maliek Collins, a powerful nose tackle who thrives at beating double teams. In comes edge rusher Carl Nassib, replacing Benson Mayowa as a key pass-rushing rotational piece. After the Eli Apple contract fell through, the Raiders signed Damarious Randall, a versatile defensive back who began his career at corner before moving to safety with the Cleveland Browns.

Those additions are expected to pair well with returning youngsters Maxx Crosby, Trayvon Mullen, Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram to create a defense that should, in theory, be a lot better than the unit that was decimated by injuries, fatigue and an overall lack of talent last season.

To be sure, the Raiders still need help in the secondary and that should come early in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. But for now, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's unit is much better than it was a season ago.

Let's rank the top 20 Raiders defensive players after free agency. I'm sure you'll have issues and concerns with this list and that's more than fine. Let's debate.

VIEW RAIDERS' TOP 20 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Damarious Randall, Raiders agree to terms after Eli Apple pact dissolves

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Damarious Randall, Raiders agree to terms after Eli Apple pact dissolves

The Raiders fell into some unexpected salary-cap space Thursday when their deal with Eli Apple dissolved. They wasted no time putting it to use.

They kept the investment in the secondary, agreeing on terms of a contract with defensive back Damarious Randall on Thursday night. That news comes via ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who said Randall texted her directly with news of the deal. Randall has agreed to sign a one-year contract worth up to $3.25 million, per a league source. 

The 27-year old played free safety his last two years with the Cleveland Browns and cornerback the previous three with the Green Bay Packers.

Randall could pair with Johnathan Abram at safety or play outside cornerback, if that’s what is required. The Raiders have needs at both spots.

Randall and Abram seem like an ideal mix at safety, though the Raiders desperately need a starting outside cornerback opposite Trayvon Mullen. That position could get filled with remaining funds in free agency or with one of two first-round NFL draft picks.

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The 27-year-old Randall’s a proven commodity, with 16 interceptions in five NFL seasons. He didn’t have a pick last year but had four in every season before that.

Randall was traded from Green Bay to Cleveland before the 2018 season and was solid in coverage with the Browns. He was awesome in 2018, with four interceptions, five passes defensed and he allowed just a 68.8 passer rating when targeted.

The Raiders' secondary is better with Randall than it would’ve been with Apple in the mix, so this should be considered a win for the Silver and Black after a strange and unexpected turn of events.

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Las Vegas has three solid pieces of its secondary with Randall, Abram and Mullen. Lamarcus Joyner is expected to man the slot again in 2020, with just one more void left to fill.

The Raiders have upgraded several defensive positions, including some at every level of the unit. The team should be significantly better on that side of the ball, especially if they hit on a defensive player high in the draft.