Young: 'I'm looking forward to immediate success'
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Usama Young was initially drafted by New Orleans as a cornerback in 2007 before making the move to safety and playing in both nickel and dime packages throughout his six-year NFL career.

"Several positions back there are interchangeable," Young said on a conference call Wednesday with Bay Area reporters.

With the Raiders, though, he plans on primarily being a free safety, which has been his forte the past three years.

"I enjoy playing in space and roaming around and hitting people and attacking the ball and trying to get as many takeaways as possible," Young said. "I would like to play any position, but I'm more excited about just getting out on the field, whether it's free safety, strong safety, cornerback, pickup punter, long snapper, I'm just excited to get out there."

The 6-feet, 200-pound Young, who turns 28 on May 8, was rated by Pro Football Focus as the third-best tackling safety in the NFL as well as the 11th-best in coverage last season, when he had three interceptions and a sack for Cleveland.

In his career, Young has played in 81 games, starting 25, and has seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed and 2 1/2 sacks.

In reuniting not only with coach Dennis Allen, who was his position coach with the Saints, but also newly-signed cornerback Tracy Porter, Young reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth $985,000.

"I think Oakland was just perfect for me," Young said.

"When I signed with Oakland yesterday, I was hyped, because I know about the tradition, I know about the fan base, I know how crazy it is to play in the stadium."

Young tweeted out a photo of the Coliseum from the air yesterday, taken as his plane approached the airport.

"I know it's one of those things you hear all the time -- rebuilding," Young said. "And rebuilding usually takes some time. But playing for Coach Allen, I know he's not trying to take several years to get this thing going. So I'm looking forward to immediate success."