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NFL Free Agency 2013: Former Saints Safety Usama Young Signs With Oakland Raiders

Former New Orleans Saints safety Usama Young has found a new home with some old friends.


Safety Usama Young won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and then became a starter for the Cleveland Browns after signing as a free agent in 2011.

Injuries hampered his career in Cleveland after his first season there and Young found himself released this past week and looking for a new place to hang his helmet. He found one with his old coach and teammate.

Young signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday and reunited with his former Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen who is now the head coach. He will also play with his former teammate, cornerback Tracy Porter, who also signed with the Raiders last week.

In his time with the Browns, Young also played with a former Saint who won a Super Bowl as well. Linebacker Scott Fujita had signed with the Browns in 2010 after being offered a nice contract (three-year/$14 million) that the Saints just couldn't match.

Some nostalgic Saints fans were calling for the team to take a look at Young. Injury concerns and tight salary cap space, topped with the fact that he wouldn't really be better than what the Saints already have caused the team to look at signing safety Jim Leonhard instead.