Oakland Raiders ink Reggie Nelson

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The Oakland Raiders officially signed safety Reggie Nelson to a two-year deal.

The former Cincinnati Bengals safety signs with the Raiders after dining with them on Monday and visiting the facility on Tuesday.

Nelson ranked among the top free agents left after not receiving a lot of initial interest on the open market. Even his former team the Bengals passed on resigning him in favor of the younger Shawn Williams.

The 32-year-old Nelson comes off of his best season. He registered eight interceptions in 2015, and he earned his first Pro Bowl.

Nelson instantly becomes the oldest defender on the Raiders roster. The nine-year-veteran fills the void left at free safety as Raiders legend Charles Woodson retired after last season.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio coached the Jacksonville Jaguars when they selected Nelson in 2009 draft, so there is familiarity between the two.

Nelson joins a Raiders free agency class that already includes guard Kelechi Osemele, pass rusher Bruce Irvin and corner Sean Smith.


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