The Oakland Raiders have executed a nice, under-the-radar move that should drastically keep their secondary formidable through the 2018 season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Silver and Black have agreed to terms with safety Reggie Nelson on a one-year deal.
Nelson, 34, is an 11-year veteran of the league who’s enjoyed a pretty solid career.
Drafted 21st overall way back in the 2007 NFL Draft, Nelson immediately bolstered a Jacksonville Jaguars secondary in need of help. After three seasons in Florida, he played centerfield for a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense for six seasons. Over the last two seasons, Nelson’s locked down a starting safety gig with the Raiders.
A year ago, Nelson snagged one interception, broke up five passes and came away with 60 tackles. For his career, he has 23 interceptions to his name to go along with 99 passes defended and 593 tackles. In 2015 and 2016—Cincinnati and Oakland, respectively—he was named a Pro Bowler, the only two times he’s come away with that distinction in his NFL career.
There’s no question Reggie Nelson is growing older by the day, but as proven over the last couple of seasons in the Bay Area, there’s still enough in that veteran tank to make a sizeable difference for a ball club.