According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Oakland Raiders have signed former Eagle CB Joselio Hanson. Also, Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Raiders will part ways with DeMarcus Van Dyke in order to make room for him.
The news of Hanson’s signing is not any kind of surprise. The Raiders were almost immediately rumored to have been interested in the 8-year veteran out of Texas Tech. The team needs a proven slot cornerback, and Hanson would be the best possible addition at this point. Hanson is 5’9″ 185lbs. He tallied a total of 30 tackles in 2011 while playing in all 16 games. Hanson also has 4 career interceptions.
The bigger surprise is the reported dumping of Van Dyke. Although he struggled in a couple of the preseason games, by all accounts he has had a stellar camp and showed improvement in the final preseason game vs. the Seahawks.
Van Dyke was picked by the Raiders in the 3rd round (81st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Most teams will not part ways with a player so quickly after using such a high pick on a player. But, it looks like Reggie McKenzie wants to put his stamp on the team, and if it means purging the team of all players from the Al Davis era, he seems to be more than OK with it.
McKenzie has been wheeling and dealing, so don’t be surprised if he has at least one or two more moves in him before tomorrow. We will keep you posted.