Chimdi Chekwa has signed a one-year deal to return the Raiders, agent Drew Rosenhaus tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Chekwa was released by the Patriots on Monday to help make room for linebacker Brandon Spikes.
Chekwa signed with the Patriots after the Raiders declined to tender him an offer in March. The former fourth-round pick was brought in to give some depth to the team’s stable of cornerbacks following the departure of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner via free agency. Now, he’s back in Oakland, presumably at a lower price than his restricted free agent tender would have called for.
Last year, the 26-year-old (27 in September) appeared in ten games and made two starts for the Raiders. He totaled 16 total tackles and two pass deflections.