Oakland signs Donovin Darius The veteran safety from Camden adds experience to the Raiders' secondary.

Posted: July 11, 2007

The Oakland Raiders signed safety Donovin Darius yesterday.

Darius could challenge incumbent starter Stuart Schweigert for playing time, adding veteran leadership to a young secondary.

Darius, who will turn 32 next month, had been a mainstay in Jacksonville's secondary since he was the club's first-round pick in the 1998 draft out of Syracuse. But the Jaguars released him in June, trying to get younger and faster on defense. He is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High in Camden.

Charges dropped. The drunken-driving charge against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was dropped because a related DUI charge against his brother-in-law was reduced to reckless driving by a court in Nashville.

NFL Network expands. The National Football League's television network will debut a weekly college football preview show next month as it looks to expand its audience beyond the pros.

The 30-minute telecast, which begins Aug. 21 and will be shown Tuesday through Friday, will be marketed as the "ultimate primer" for Saturday's premier college football matchups, with a secondary focus on the players most likely to be selected in the top rounds of the NFL draft.

The four-year-old NFL Network already televises the Insight Bowl, Texas Bowl and Senior Bowl college games, plus some spring football and the draft. The network also has televised high school football all-star games.

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