Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson

By Matt Kawahara

The Raiders bolstered their cornerback group Wednesday, signing free agent Nevin Lawson, the team announced.

Lawson, 27, was a fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2014 and a full-time starter with Detroit the past three seasons. A source said Lawson signed a one-year deal with the Raiders. NFL Network reported the deal is for $3.05 million.

Compact at 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, Lawson started his career as a slot corner before moving outside. He reportedly brings physicality and coverage skills on the outside but hasn’t recorded an interception in five seasons. Lawson had 53 tackles and five passes defensed last season.

The Raiders are expected to return both starting corners from last season in Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley, a restricted free agent to whom they tendered a contract this month. Nick Nelson, Oakland’s fourth-round pick last year, and recently signed safety Lamarcus Joyner are also candidates to play slot corner.

After focusing on offense in the first week of free agency, Oakland this week has added Lawson and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who signed Tuesday. The Raiders also announced Wednesday that they have retained long snapper Trent Sieg, who started 15 games last year after being signed following a season-ending injury to Andrew DePaola.

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