Free agent cornerback Tarell Brown will be taking his talents across the bay for the 2014 season. The Raiders have signed the ex-49er to a new contract, the team announced today (via Twitter). According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter), it’ll be a fully guaranteed one-year contract worth $3.5MM.
Cornerback was an area of need for the Raiders this offseason, after all four of their CBs who received significant playing time in 2013 received negative grades from Pro Football Focus (subscription required). According to those PFF rankings, Brown played significantly better than any cornerback on the Raiders’ roster, posting a +4.4 grade in 772 defensive snaps.
Brown, who has played for the Niners since being selected in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, didn’t record an interception last season, but had at least two in four of his previous five seasons. He also recovered a pair of fumbles in 2013. The 29-year-old appears poised to replace Tracy Porter in Oakland, after Porter agreed to sign with the Redskins.