Former Philadelphia Eagles CB Joselio Hanson signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, an NFL source confirmed.
Hanson, who was surprisingly released by the Eagles last Friday, visited the Raiders on Sunday. The veteran defensive back has been one of the better slot defenders in the NFL over the past four to five seasons.
Hanson was only going to earn $825,000 in base salary with the Eagles, so the decision to release him doesn’t appear to be a cost-cutting move. And Hanson was paid a $125,000 roster bonus in March. He was on the final season of a two-year deal.
The Eagles targeted fourth-round pick CB Brandon Boykin to take over as the long-term nickel back, so his addition earlier this year clearly played a part in the decision to release Hanson. The Eagles are down to five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster after releasing Hanson and waiving Trevard Lindley over the past weekend.
Hanson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. He signed with the Eagles prior to the 2006 season.
The Raiders, before signing Hanson, had six cornerbacks on their 53-man roster, but didn’t appear to have a true slot defender.
It’s not known what Hanson’s base salary will be with the Raiders, but since he’ll be on the opening week roster his salary will be guaranteed because he’s a vested veteran. Veteran base salaries become guaranteed on Saturday.
The Raiders open up the 2012 season next Monday evening at home against the San Diego Chargers.