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, we look at those players who resurrected their careers in Silver and Black."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Happy Easter: Here are the top ten Raiders career resurrections on defenseNew,19commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareHappy Easter: Here are the top ten Raiders career resurrections on defenseRaiders great defensive end John MatuszakAs we continue in the spirit of Easter and the most famous resurrection of all time, I continue to list off those players who resurrected their careers with the Raiders. Or, if you prefer, those players who were “passed over” by their former teams.I covered the offense so now it is time to look at those defensive players who found new life in Silver and Black. There are many on both sides of the ball as we know Al Davis was once known for picking up players considered expendable by other teams and breathing new life into their careers.Here are the top ten on the defensive side of the ball:DE John Matuszak“Sloth” was chosen number one overall in the ‘73 draft by the Houston Oilers. He spent just one season in Houston before he was traded to the Chiefs where he spent two seasons. He was a starter for the first time in his second season in Kansas City but didn’t make the team out of camp the next season. And when they released him, the Raiders were waiting to scoop him up. They immediately signed the enigmatic defensive end and he played in every game that season and helped the team win their first Super Bowl. He spent five more seasons with the Raiders, starting every game in four of those seasons and helping them win yet another Super Bowl in 1980.DE Ben DavidsonThe original “Big Ben”, Davidson was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 1961 draft. He never played a game for the Giants though. He bounced around a bit spending a year in Green Bay and two seasons in Washington before he finally found a home in Oakland. He was the first great Raiders defensive end. Davidson spent eight seasons with the Raiders including their trip to Super Bowl II. Over that time he made three AFL All Star teams and was named All Pro once.DT Tom KeatingKeating was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 1964 draft, but never played a game with the team. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills instead and played two seasons in Buffalo. He would appear in just 9 games over his two season with the Bills and didn’t start a single game. In ‘66 he would sign with the Raiders and instantly was named to the AFL All Star team. The next season, he would be named All Pro and helped the Raiders reach Super Bowl II. He spent a total of six seasons with the Raiders at right defensive tackle.DE Ike LassiterWas chosen in the ninth round of the draft by the Rams in 1962 but didn’t play a game for them. He would play his first three seasons in Denver but saw his game appearances dwindle from a appearing in every game as a rookie, to seven in his second season, to just two in his final season in Denver. The Raiders picked him up after that and made him their ever game defensive end for the next five seasons. In his second season with the team, he started every game at left defensive end, helping the Raiders reach Super Bowl II. He would also be named to the AFL All Star team that season.S Eddie AndersonWas a sixth round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks in 1986. He played just one season for the Seahawks before he was released. The Raiders picked him up and he spent eleven seasons with the team. In the eight seasons from ‘88 to‘95, he was the undisputed starting free safety for the Raiders. He played in and started nearly every game during that time. During which he averaged 85 tackles per season including a high point of 118 tackles for the 91 playoff team.CB Lionel WashingtonOne of the best and longest tenured Raider corners in the long history of great Raider corners. But he didn’t start out with the Raiders. He was drafted in the fourth round by the St Louis Cardinals in 1983 and would spend the first four seasons of his career in St Louis. He would sign with the Raiders after that and spend the next nine years of his career in Silver and Black. In the five year span from 1989-93, he appeared in and started all but one game. After spending two seasons in Denver, he would return to the Raiders for one final season in 1997 and retire as a Raider.LB Jerry RobinsonThe 21st pick by the Eagles in 1979 draft, Robinson played six season in Philadelphia. He actually lined up against the Raiders as part of the Eagles team the Raiders trounced in Super Bowl XV. Jerry was born and raised in the Bay Area and signed with his hometown Raiders in 1985. Unfortunately, by this time Bo Jackson Jersey White
, they were no longer in Oakland, they had moved to Los Angeles. But that was not a big deal because Robinson played college ball at UCLA. He would spend the final seven season of his career with the Raiders. From 1986-90, he missed just five games and started every game in which he appeared. He still makes his home in the Los Angeles area to this day.DB Nemiah WilsonCame into the league with the Denver Broncos in 1965 and would spend his first three seasons of his NFL career in Denver. He didn't start a single game with the team but still managed to make the Pro Bowl in his third season. After which the Raiders signed him and after injuries kept him out nearly his entire first season with the team, he held down the starting right corner spot for the next five years from 69 to 73. He was supplanted half way through the 74 season by new teammate and future Hall of Famer, Willie Brown... understandably.DE Derrick BurgessA round three draft choice by the Eagles in 2001, he was plagued by injuries over his three seasons in Philadelphia. In his limited playing time, he looked every bit the player the Eagles hoped he would be. He had six sacks as a rookie which was his only full healthy season there. One of those injuries caused him to miss the entire 2003 season. In 2004 he had 2.5 sacks during the season and another three sacks in the team's playoff run including their only sack in the Super Bowl. His injuries were a huge concern for the team so they allowed him to walk as a free agent.The Raiders picked him up and he recored 16 sacks in his first season and 11 sacks in his second season earning him Pro Bowl bids in both. He played four seasons in Oakland, recording 38.5 sacks over that time. He wanted the Raiders to offer him a large contract but after his inability to finish his final two seasons, the Raiders balked and traded him to the Patriots for a round five pick.S Charles WoodsonNo one would have blamed CWood had he called it quits after the 2012 season. He was 36 years old, coming off an injury shortened season, after the Packers moved him from cornerback where he had played his entire career and released him. And there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he would have been standing on the stage in Canton last year. But he wasn’t done.The moment he was released, the Raider Nation kicked their recruitment efforts into high gear. Once word came out that Woodson would be making a visit to the Raiders to look into signing, the Silver & Black Pride community was a major factor in organizing a welcoming party for him to show him and the Raiders just how much they wanted a reunion with their former top pick. He wouldn’t leave before signing on. And then he didn’t leave the field for barely a snap in three seasons as the Raiders starting free safety, making the Pro Bowl in his final season in 2015 at the age of 39. He is risen. He left the NFL on his own terms and his bust in Canton is already reserved for 2020.Also see: Top ten Raiders career resurrections on offense ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie abruptly retired Tuesday, two days after not playing a single snap on defense for the second time this season.The two-time Pro Bowl defensive back made the announcement on social media , not long after notifying team officials of his decision to call it quits after seven games with the Raiders."Just a shocker to see him gone because he was a great teammate and a great player for us," cornerback Rashaan Melvin said. "He showed us how to cherish the game and approach it the right way. He's always dancing, always rapping https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-derek-carr-jersey
, always singing. Just showing his personality no matter what, through the ups and downs." Rodgers-Cromartie's retirement came hours before the NFL trade deadline, during which the Raiders were surprisingly quiet.Oakland had been one of the busiest teams over the past two months, acquiring three first-round picks in deals that sent pass-rush specialist Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears days before the season opener and wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys last week.be willing to make additional deals but the deadline passed without one. Outside of Rodgers-Cromartie retiring and the team activating James Cowser from the practice squad, Oakland made no other roster moves."We know who we have going forward and it's on us to go out there and execute and play well and try and stick around," quarterback Derek Carr said. "You want to make sure that you're around, what's the plan, all those things. I think that was on a lot of guys' minds. Just knowing that that's almost over with and we're just playing ball, it's nice for our guys."The 16th-overall pick in 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie played for five teams during his 11-year career. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009 with the Arizona Cardinals and again in 2015 with the New York Giants.The 32-year-old was signed by the Raiders just before the regular season to add experience to a secondary that was in the midst of an overhaul.Rodgers-Cromartie was on the field for 20 defensive plays in Week 1 but had been playing mostly on special teams since then. He did not play on defense during Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts but took 22 snaps on special teams.Rodgers-Cromartie is the second NFL cornerback to retire since the start of the season. Vontae Davis of the Buffalo Bills stunned his teammates when he announced his decision at halftime of their Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers."When something like that happens, I'd rather it happen that way than halftime of a game," Carr said. "I understand what he's doing, I understand why. Coach addressed it with us and he said, ‘Text him, everyone show him love, congratulate him on a great career.' There's no hard feelings at all."