The Oakland Raiders announced that they have signed former Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract. The deal is reported to be for just over $3 million.
Lawson was a former fourth-round pick of the Lions out of Utah State in 2014. After not playing much his rookie season, Lawson started nine games in his second year and then 14 or more in each of the last three seasons.
He does not have an interception in his career, but he does have 25 passes defended, a forced fumble and 194 total tackles. In 2018, he defended five passes in addition to recording 53 tackles and his first career sack.
The Raiders’ busy offseason continues with the signing of Lawson, who is expected to battle with Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley for starting cornerback reps.
Other offseason additions on the defensive side of the ball include former Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict and former Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner.
They have also made some significant upgrades on the offensive side of the ball, adding three wide receivers in Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson and offensive tackle Trent Brown.
Their biggest need remains pass rushing, but that will likely be addressed next month with one or multiple of their three first-round draft picks.