SEPTEMBER 13: Robey-Coleman is now on the Raiders’ practice squad, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal tweets. Las Vegas has both added Robey-Coleman and Javelin Guidry, the latter via a Monday waiver claim. The team’s cornerback situation became an issue in Week 1, when Averett went down. A starter against the Chargers, Averett is now on IR.
SEPTEMBER 12: One day after their season-opening loss to the Chargers, the Raiders are adding some veteran depth to their secondary. Las Vegas is signing cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, per Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network (Twitter link).
The 30-year-old spent the first four seasons of his career in Buffalo. He maintained a consistent role in terms of playing time, logging seven starts in 2014. That led to a healthy market for him in the 2017 offseason, which ultimately saw him join the Rams.
In Los Angeles, Robey-Coleman continued to see a sizeable rotational workload, and made the only playoff appearances of his career during his two-year stretch there. That included, of course, his role in briefly making pass interference a foul which could be challenged. In 2020, he signed with the Eagles, with whom he started seven of 15 games but struggled in pass coverage.
That led to another one-year stint last season as he signed in Detroit. His Lions tenure was limited to just one game, however, so it came as little surprise that he remained on the open market through the beginning of the regular season. For his career, Robey-Coleman has racked up 338 tackles, six interceptions and 49 passes defensed. He will add a veteran presence to a young CB group in Vegas.
The Raiders have seen plenty of turnover at the position this offseason. They added Anthony Averett in free agency and traded for Rock Ya-Sin from the Colts in return for Yannick Ngakoue. Days before the start of the regular season, however, they sent Trayvon Mullen to the Cardinals as part of the new front office’s noteworthy decision to move on from recent draftees. That left an opening for an addition, and Robey-Coleman should once again have the opportunity to take on at least a rotational role as the Raiders look to bounce back from last night’s performance in a year filled with significant expectations.