By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 12:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Former 49ers linebacker Manny Lawson, who played last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, could be a possibility to take over the outside linebacker spot vacated by Kamerion Wimbley.
Following the Stanford Pro Day Thursday, Raiders coach Reggie McKenzie said his first priority was finding an outside linebacker and that the club had a viable starter at every other position.
Scout.com reported Lawson was drawing interest from Cleveland, Oakland and Indianapolis.
Although not the pass rusher Wimbley is, Lawson is regarded as a solid player in terms of setting an edge for defending the run _ a Raiders priority.
The Raiders defense is expected to be multiple under coach Dennis Allen and coordinator Jason Tarver (who coached on the 49ers staff when Lawson was there). The bulk of Wimbley’s pass rushing came with his hand down as a defensive ned in a nickel defense.
McKenzie said Thursday he didn’t expect many moves before the draft takes place. He also said the Raiders were well under $4 million against the salary cap (the figure is probably in the $2 million range after the re-signing of tackle Khalif Barnes). Under McKenzie, the Raiders will be less inclined to push the envelope on the cap and to massive restructures, playing it closer to vest financially.