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Report: Raiders signing Lamarcus Joyner, potential starting safety

The Raiders continued their tear through the NFL offseason Monday night, reaching an agreement with former Rams safety and impending free agent Lamarcus Joyner, NFL Network first reported.
Joyner’s deal is for four years at around $10.5 million per year, according to ESPN.
The Raiders now have a strong contender to start at safety, something they badly needed with 35-year-old Reggie Nelson’s future up in the air and Marcus Gilchrist set to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday.
Joyner most recently played free safety for the Rams, the team for which he’s played his entire career since 2014. Joyner started 15 regular season games and all three playoff games at free safety last season en route to the Rams’ Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. He switched to free safety from slot corner in 2017, and now fills the Raiders’ free safety need alongside Karl Joseph, who Jon Gruden expects to have his fifth-year option picked up by the team.
Joyner could also play nickel if need be since that’s also a position of need for the Raiders. Gilchrist served that safety/nickel corner role part-time last season, and rookie Nick Nelson struggled in the slot. The Raiders may also address their third cornerback/safety need late in the first round of the draft, where the likes of Delaware safety Nasir Adderley, Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram and Washington cornerback Byron Murphy and safety Taylor Rapp are expected to be available.
The Raiders also signed safety Erik Harris to a two-year contract last Thursday.
In his last two regular seasons playing free safety, Joyner has four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 12 passes defensed and 127 total tackles. He only stands 5-foot-8, though, and if Joseph (5-foot-10) and Joyner start beside each other the Raiders are sacrificing height for speed on the back end, the latter of which Reggie Nelson severely lacked in 2017 and 2018.
The Raiders might have their starting secondary in the base defense for 2019 now, with Joseph and Joyner at safety and Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley (who received a second-round tender last week and is all but a lock to return) at outside cornerback.
The Raiders have been the busiest team of the last several days, signing Harris to a two-year deal on Thursday, agreeing to trade for Antonio Brown on Friday, agreeing to re-sign defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a reported two-year deal and agreeing to trade left guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets on Sunday and agreeing to sign offensive tackle Trent Brown and Joyner on Monday.
The moves involving both Browns, Hankins, Osemele and Joyner can’t become official until the start of the new league year at 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday.
 

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