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3 DBs Raiders Can Sign After Litany of Injuries

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Gareon Conley #21 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass during the warm up before the game against the Denver Broncos at RingCentral Coliseum on September 09, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Just when it looked like the porous Oakland Raiders secondary was turning over a new leaf, their two young stud defensive backs sustained serious injuries. Hard-hitting rookie and first-round pick Johnathan Abram will miss the entire season after tearing his labrum, while cornerback Gareon Conley might miss time with a neck injury. With these two on the mend, the Raiders should look to the free agent marketplace and single out these three as replacements.

3. Kayvon Webster

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Kayvon Webster #21 of the Los Angeles Rams runs onto the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles v Los Angeles Rams | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Injuries have limited Webster to just 13 games in the last two years, and he could still offer some physicality in the slot despite having been released by New Orleans in the preseason. He's better in the slot than outside, but Webster is one of the few free agents who can play both spots. Not the highest-ceiling signing in the world, but he has a low floor, and could help Oakland right away.

2. Josh Jones

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16:  Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears completes the pass against Josh Jones #27 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-17. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears | Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images

It remains a mystery as to why Jones, who forced his way out of Green Bay due to concerns about his role in the defense, is not on an NFL roster. The former second-round pick out of North Carolina State would be a perfect backup plan for Abram, as he brings that same physical style and versatility without sacrificing the cover skills you need to play safety in Paul Guenther's defense.

1. Eric Berry

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs | David Eulitt/Getty Images

He isn't always healthy, and swapping Chiefs red for the silver and black of the Raiders is sacrilegious to some, but there is nothing quite like Berry when he's at 100 percent. A Pro Bowler every year that he's been healthy, Berry still has the range in zone coverage and nose for the football that made him nearly unstoppable in his prime in Kansas City. If he is intent on playing this year, Oakland would be an ideal landing spot, purely from a football perspective.