Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen made it through the first week 2013 NFL Free Agency without making any major moves on the open market, but did manage to strengthen the struggling pass rush.
Former Chicago Bears outside linebacker Nick Roach signed a multi-year contract with compensation ranging from $3 to $4 million per season, the team announced Friday morning. Roach comes off a career year, racking up 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 passes deflected and one forced fumble in 2012. He also collected 15 tackles against the Arizona Cardinals near the end of the season and could replace Rolando McClain.
Kevin Burnett, another free agent linebacker who was recently recently by the Miami Dolphins, was also added to the Raiders’ new linebacker corps on Sunday. The 6-3, 240-pound inside linebacker has appeared in 120 contests (59 starts) and totaled 523 tackles with 17.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions (returned for 104 yards and three TDs) in eight NFL seasons.
Burnett, 30, was selected in the second round (No. 42 overall) out of Tennessee in 2005 by the Dallas Cowboys (2005-08). He has spent the last four seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2009-10) and Miami Dolphins (2011-12) and started each game in Miami.
The Raiders continued to make moves to strengthen their depleted defense on the open market Monday with the addition of former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Vance Walker. A former 2009 seventh-round selection (No. 210 overall) out of Georgia Tech, Walker, 25, has played in 58 games (11 starts) and registered 79 tackles with 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in four seasons.
He had a career-high nine starts last year and posted career-bests with 32 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
Oakland was also awarded with a compensatory pick—the No. 37 pick in the sixth round (No. 205 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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