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A look a the top cornerback free agents for the Oakland Raiders to target

A look a the top cornerback free agents for the Oakland Raiders to target

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie picked up David Amerson in the middle of the season and the signing certainly helped improve the Raiders secondary. That said, the Raiders still need some help in the defensive backfield giving up 258.8 passing yards per game, 7th worst in the NFL.

McKenzie and the Raiders front office will surely take a look at the available corners this free agency, so let's take a look at the top corners looking for a new team.

Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman is coming off of a stellar year and will most certainly command a big contract, from either the Panthers or a new team. The former late-round pick is tall and lanky, much like Richard Sherman and can cover with the best of them. 

The 28-year-old corner is in the prime of his career and doesn't hesitate to get in on the tackles - his 56 tackles was good for sixth on the team. Norman certainly fits the mold of a cornerback, especially with Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. 

Given his talent and his age, there's a good chance the Panthers could slap the franchise tag on one of their star defensive players, despite the hefty price.

Sean Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Cornerback Sean Smith has spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs who may have a hard time re-signing him due to the impending free agency of safety Eric Berry. 

Smith had two interceptions and 12 passes defensed in 2015 in a secondary that also already features standout rookie Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines.

Smith is one of the top cornerbacks available and McKenzie and company have seen plenty of him, playing him twice a year for the last three seasons.

Janoris Jennkins, Los Angeles Rams

Janoris Jenkins is just one of the two cornerbacks for the Rams that are set to hit free agency, making it tough to keep both.

Jenkins isn't afraid to get in on the tackles, finishing with 64 tackles, 15 passes defensed and three interceptions. He's proven to be very bit a worthy starting cornerback. Jenkins is only entering his fifth season and is in the prime years of his career.

Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams

Trumaine Johnson is the second of the Rams cornerbacks looking for a payday thanks to a stellar season. Johnson had his best year with the Rams last year, racking up a team-leading seven interceptions to go along with 17 passes defensed.

There may be concerns that Johnson will be unable to keep up the high-level of play, as he totaled just 9 interceptions and 25 passes defensed in his first three years in the league. He does also carry some injury concern as he has missed nine games over the last two years.

Casey Hayward, Green Bay Packers

Casey Hayward is another corner coming off of his rookie contract and looking for his first real payday. The former Vanderbilt star burst on to the scene by racking up six interceptions after being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hayward has experience both on the outside and in the slot, which gives him versatility that would certainly be beneficial for the Raiders. The Packers seem ready to let him walk in free agency due to other solid corners ready to take over the job.

Prince Amukamara, New York Giants

Prince Amukarama's talent has never been the question, though he has struggled to remain healthy throughout his career. The former 19th-overall draft pick has played in just 16 games in his five-year career, including missing five games last season.

That said, when he is healthy and on the field, he is a solid starter that would certainly contribute to the Raiders defense. His injury problems will certainly bring down the contract prices.

Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals

Raiders fans know Adam Jones well, after he abused (probably too much) rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper in his first regular season NFL game. Jones is 32 years old now but is coming off of one of his best NFL season, hauling in three interceptions, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one sack.

Jones is a solid corner that found early success as a return man, followed by off-field issues that clouded his career. 

He has seemingly liked his time as a Bengal, but has also brought up his desire to see what else is available on the market. 


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