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The Oakland Raiders added CB Tarell Brown to their roster Friday afternoon. The veteran defensive back spent seven seasons across the bay with the San Francisco 49ers. The University of Texas alum was drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft.
Brown has played in 100 regular season games for San Francisco and totaled 240 tackles (214 solo), 55 passes defensed, 11 interceptions returned for 147 yards and a touchdown. He had a career-high four interceptions in 2011 and tallied his most tackles in a season (57) in 2012.
During his rookie year, Brown suffered an injury that limited him to nine games. He did not become a regular starter until 2011. Brown's success did not come immediately, but he was patient and became a staple in San Francisco's backfield.
"Since I've been in this league, I haven't been given anything," Brown said in a quote on his website. "With life as well; I've always had my obstacles. The ball hasn't always been in my court, so I always look at it as – always be a fighter. Always know that you compete on every play, if you compete in anything in life you can get through it."
Brown comes to the Raiders with experience in the playoffs, and in a Super Bowl, and has played with successful defensive backs. "Personally, I played around a group of guys that were professionals and played at a high level. I'm going to bring that here and hopefully we can get it back on track and get Raider Nation happy and excited about coming to the games," said Brown.
The Texas native has history with defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, having worked with him at the 49ers. "JT [Tarver] is an amazing coordinator, had a few years with him in San Francisco, my younger days. So I think he brings an attitude we're all looking for, for Raider Nation, something that getting back to the meat and potatoes of it and that's winning a Championship," explained Brown.
Brown is looking forward to working with Tarver. "He was always a coach I looked up to, especially with the knowledge he was giving me as a younger player first coming into the league," said Brown. "[He is] very aware of the game. He understands the game and he sees the game the way I kind of see it, so that's always a good thing to be around somebody you are very familiar with."
Entering his eighth year in the league, Brown is a veteran presence in the backfield. Brown believes he can impart some of his experiences on young CB DJ Hayden. "I think he is a great talent, a guy with a lot of speed and has all the athletic ability and can play this game," said Brown. "I think the biggest thing for him is just to be around guys that can help mold him and bring him along and help him turn into a true professional – learn how to study on and off the field and things of that sort. But he is definitely a good talent."
Brown joins recent additions to the Raiders defense - Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and DL Antonio Smith - as players who have played the game at a high level for many years. "I think it's a domino effect. I think anytime you bring in guys that have won a lot of games and have played in a lot of big games as well and have had a lot of success in this league, it definitely helps," said Brown. "We can kind of put things in perspective and guide younger guys in the direction of saying, 'Look, get under my wing and this is how you do it in the NFL to be successful.' So, bringing those guys in, it'll definitely help this team out; me as well. We just all have to get on one page and make sure that we all get the common goal, and that's winning day in and day out."
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