Here we go: The Oakland Raiders are embarking on the player acquisition process of the second Jon Gruden era.
The first player to enter the world of Chucky is free agent cornerback Vontae Davis. The NFL Network reported that Davis is visiting the Raiders today. Because we cover the Raiders completely and aggressively, my RaidersSnakepit.com partner, Steve Corkran and I have already examined the possibility of Davis coming to the Raiders here and here.
Right now, let’s get to know Davis better:
Status: He was released by Indianapolis last year. He was cleared from a core injury surgery last week.
Age: He will turn 30 in May.
Experience: Davis, the younger brother of tight end Vernon Davis, has started 120 games since being drafted with the No. 25 overall pick by Miami in 2009. He was traded to the Colts in 2012. He has 22 career interceptions.
Why he fits Raiders: Oakland can use a starting cornerback and Davis brings experience. He is not great, but he could help for a couple of years.
Competition: Plenty. He visited I-880 neighbor San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday and Davis met with Buffalo and Cleveland late last week. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he has more visits lined up. Cornerbacks are at a premium and getting a chance to sign a starter before free agency starts March 14 has to be appealing to teams.
Chances he signs with Raiders: I’d say solid. If the Raiders want him they can probably get him. I wouldn’t spend super big on Davis, but if the price is right, he’d be worth it.