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Raiders Signing Former Second-Round Pick to Bolster Defense

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Las Vegas Raiders are signing a veteran cornerback to bolster their defense.
The Las Vegas Raiders are signing a veteran cornerback to bolster their defense. / (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Las Vegas Raiders' defense faltered down the stretch once again in Week 9. Las Vegas took a 20-10 lead into halftime, but ultimately lost the contest 27-20, letting yet another big lead slip through its fingers.

It's clear this unit could use some help, and the Raiders moved quickly after the defeat to secure some.

Las Vegas is signing veteran cornerback Sidney Jones, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The CB recently cleared waivers after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, allowing him to sign with any team of his choosing.

Jones originally entered the league as a second-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. He only appeared in 22 games over three seasons, though, recording a combined 2 interceptions and 10 passes defended. Injuries again limited his playing time in 2020 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was productive when on the field, posting 2 INTs, 9 passes defended and a forced fumble.

The veteran most recently spent the last one and a half seasons in Seattle. He played 16 games for the Seahawks in 2021, registering a career-high 10 pass breakups. However, Jones lost his starting job this season, clearing the way for his departure.

Jones' ability to be a disrupter in the secondary, when healthy, should be a major asset for the Raiders, who have given up the seventh-most passing yards per game so far.

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