ALAMEDA (AP) — After spending the first two days of free agency cutting their own players to create more cap room, the Oakland Raiders are starting to target potential players.
The Raiders have set up meetings with free agent offensive lineman Mike Brisiel and cornerback Ron Bartell in hopes of filling two holes created by recent roster cuts.
Brisiel's agent, Jeff Sperbeck, said his client will meet with the Raiders later Thursday, a day after Oakland released starting right guard Cooper Carlisle. The Raiders also could have an opening at left guard if they move last year's starter, Stefen Wisniewski, to center to replace free agent Samson Satele.
Brisiel started 13 games at guard last season for Houston and has extensive experience with two of the Raiders' new assistants. Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was quarterbacks coach with the Texans the past two seasons and offensive line coach Frank Pollack was an assistant line coach for all Brisiel's five seasons with the Texans.
Brisiel, who was undrafted out of Colorado State, played 50 games with 47 starts for the Texans.
Bartell also plans to meet soon with the Raiders, a person familiar with the process said on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing free agent visits.
Bartell was St. Louis' top cornerback most of his seven seasons there, but missed virtually all of 2011 after sustaining two neck fractures in the opener. Bartell was injured when he absorbed a block by a Philadelphia lineman.
Bartell has eight career interceptions and 58 passes defensed in 89 career games. According to STATS LLC, Bartell allowed 45 catches on 100 passes in his direction in 2010 for 612 yards and two touchdowns.
Oakland also is likely to meet with free agent cornerback Tracy Porter, who played in New Orleans for his first four seasons. New Raiders coach Dennis Allen was the defensive backs coach for the Saints in Porter's first three seasons. Porter has seven interceptions in 43 career regular season games and also had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown that sealed New Orleans' Super Bowl win over Indianapolis in 2010.
Oakland has already released starting cornerbacks Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson — two of six players the team has cut this offseason.
Starting outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, one of the team's pass rushers, also could be let go if he does not agree to restructure his contract this week. Wimbley, who is guaranteed $6.5 million already for 2012, will get another $4.5 million if he is not cut or doesn't restructure his contract by the close of business Friday.