Raiders meeting with SS Karl Joseph after a year apart

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The Las Vegas Raiders finally appear to be interested in addressing their safety depth. The team has a clear need at free safety, but the market has dried up in a significant way over the last few weeks.

But one of the top names left on the market is Karl Joseph, their first-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft. Well, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the two sides are talking about a potential reunion.

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Joseph spent the 2020 season with the Cleveland Browns, starting eight games and appearing in 14 total. He recorded 67 tackles, one interception and four pass deflections.

During his four-year career with the Raiders, Joseph started 41 games and appeared in seven others. He was playing the best football of his career in 2020 before a foot injury forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Joseph doesn’t fit the traditional “free safety” role, but he could be used as a hybrid linebacker/strong safety in Gus Bradley’s defense. He might not fix their strong safety need, but he would give them another viable option with starting experience. Joseph is just 27-years old and might be in a position where he is better suited to be a role player than an every-down starter.

If the Raiders were to sign Joseph, they would still need to find a starting-caliber free safety in the draft. But Joseph would improve their depth and give them more speed on their defense.