McAlister rumors picking up speed

Chris McAllister has told friends he expects to sign with the Raiders but Oakland coach Tom Cable insists he knows nothing about a possible deal with the veteran defensive back.

According to the Baltimore Sun, McAlister has told friends he will eventually sign with the Raiders and may end up playing safety after spending his entire career at cornerback. That rumor first broke on Wednesday.

ComcastSportsNet Bay Area then reported Thursday that McAlister is coming to the Raiders but cited no source and offered no concrete evidence to back up the statement.

Oakland head coach Tom Cable spoke with reporters following practice Thursday but said he was unaware of any potential deal with McAlister.

"I don't know anything about that," said Cable, adding he was "very" happy with the way the Raiders' current safeties _ Tyvon Branch and Hiram Eugene _ are playing.

Of course, Cable also played it coy when the Raiders were trying to swing a deal for defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

If Oakland is able to sign McAlister, it would lend yet another veteran presence to a defense that was lacking credible leadership until Seymour arrived in town last week after being traded from New England.

McAlister was a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback during his 10 seasons in Baltimore, making 26 career interceptions and scoring five touchdowns. He was released by the Ravens in February and wasn't with a team in training camp, which raises questions about his conditioning.

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