The Raiders continued to rebuild their defensive secondary Tuesday, announcing the signings of Mike Jenkins and Usama Young.

Jenkins is the second presumptive starter at cornerback the Raiders have signed in the last two weeks.

Last week, veteran Tracy Porter was signed to position that until then included only Phillip Adams, Brandian Ross and Chimdi Chekwa.

It's the second time in two seasons Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie signed second-tier free agents who figured to be immediate starters. ESPN reported Jenkins agreed to terms with Oakland Monday.

The Raiders signed former Cowboys Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins. He’s expected to join Tracy Porter to form Oakland’s new starting
The Raiders signed former Cowboys Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins. He's expected to join Tracy Porter to form Oakland's new starting cornerback tandem. (Getty Images)

Last season, Oakland signed Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer, who ended up as Week 1 starters. Neither worked out, as Bartell broke his shoulder blade in the opener, missing several weeks before returning to the roster and then eventually being released, and Spencer sustained a severe mid-foot strain in Week 2 that ended his season.

Jenkins is a veteran of 71 games and 48 starts for the Dallas Cowboys. He was a Pro Bowl performer in 2009, a year after being a first-round selection out of South Florida in 2008.

Last season, Jenkins played in 13 games with two starts as his role was diminished after Dallas signed free agent Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne in the first round.


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Young, a seven-year veteran, played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, starting 11 games last season with a career-high three interceptions and 1.5 sacks. He was originally a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, where he played four seasons and was coached by Raiders coach Dennis Allen.

With Matt Giordano an unrestricted free agent and Michael Huff having been released and signed with the Baltimore Ravens, Young becomes the prime candidate to start at free safety along with strong safety Tyvon Branch.

New Orleans Saints’ Usama Young (28) blocks a pass intended for Oakland Raiders’ Darrius Heyward-Bey (12) with help from Saints’ Jabari
New Orleans Saints' Usama Young (28) blocks a pass intended for Oakland Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey (12) with help from Saints' Jabari Greer (32) in the first quarter of their NFL pre-season game, in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday Aug. 29, 2009. The Raiders would go onto lose to the Saints with a final score of 45-7. (Anda Chu/Staff)

The NFL Network reported the Raiders had reached agreement with defensive end Andre Carter.

Carter, 34, played in 12 games for the Raiders last season with 2.5 sacks, still showing good pass rushing skills on occasion after recovering from a torn quadriceps muscle at the end of the 2011 season while a member of the New England Patriots.

He would be the second of the Raiders' 17 unrestricted free agents to rejoin the team, along with right tackle Khalif Barnes.