ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent safety Reggie Nelson on Thursday, giving them a replacement for retired Pro Bowler Charles Woodson and a proven starter in the secondary.

The 32-year-old Nelson is coming off his best season, having tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions last season for Cincinnati. He was also selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career.

Nelson entered the league as a first-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2007 when current Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was coach of the Jaguars. After three seasons with Jacksonville, Nelson was traded to Cincinnati before the start of the 2010 season and has spent the past six seasons with the Bengals.

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Nelson has 30 interceptions and 82 passes defensed in 138 career games.

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