Raiders sign two defenders, linked to QB Wallace

Raiders sign two defenders, linked to QB Wallace
April 9, 2013, 1:45 pm
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In seven NFL seasons, Seneca Wallace has thrown 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Raiders continue to rebuild and revamp their defense as they announced the signing of veteran safety Usama Young on Tuesday, the ninth of Oakland's 11 offseason acquisitions to play on the defensive side of the ball.

[NEWS: Raiders sign S Usama Young]

Also, Oakland re-signed veteren defensive end Andre Carter.

[NEWS: Raiders re-sign DE Carter to one-year deal]

In Young, he should compete to fill the void at free safety left by the release of Michael Huff.

Young, who turns 28 on May 8, was a third-round draft choice of New Orleans in 2007 and is reuniting with coach Dennis Allen, who was his position coach with the Saints when they won Super Bowl XLIV, as well as recently-signed cornerback Tracy Porter. Young spent the past two seasons, though, in Cleveland.

With the Browns, the 6-foott, 200-pound Young started 18 of 29 games and had four interceptions, with three picks and a sack last season. In his career, Young has appeared in 81 games, 25 starts, and has seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed and 2 1/2 sacks.

Carter, meanwhile, signed with the Raiders midseason last year as he was still recovering from a quadriceps injury.

He started to show flashes of his old sack-happy ways late in the season, getting 1 1/2 of his 2 1/2 sacks in Weeks 15 and 16. He turns 34 on May 12 and will be entering his 13th NFL season. With 78 1/2 career sacks, he is eighth among active NFL career sack leaders.

Lastly, the Raiders will work out former Seattle and Cleveland backup quarterback and Sacramento native Seneca Wallace on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Wallace, 32, has started 21 NFL games over his seven-year NFL career, completing 452 of 764 total passes (.592) for 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.