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Report: LB Wheeler visiting Raiders

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 11:02 am in Oakland Raiders.

UPDATE: Free agent linebacker Philip Wheeler said on his Twitter account Thursday morning he was visiting the Raiders.

“On my way to Oakland to see the Raiders. Which team would be a better fit for me this season. This is a tuff career choice.”
Unrestricted free agent linebacker Philip Wheeler, considered one of the better players on a horrific Indianapolis Colts defense in 2011, is visiting with the Raiders, according to the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora.

Wheeler, 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, had 84 tackles last season for the Colts, 47 unassisted. He visited with the Miami Dolphins but isn’t likely to return to the Colts where head coach Chuck Pagano plans on installing a 3-4 defense.

Although relatively undersized for the position, Wheeler played strong side linebacker for the Colts. General manager Reggie McKenzie called that position a priority, given that two-year starter Kamerion Wimbley was released.

Whoever replaces Wimbley isn’t likely to have the same role. Wimbley played as a defensive end with his hand on the ground in nickel situations. The new strong side starter will probably come off the field on those downs

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  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I remember the Raiders dropping Tyler Brayton into coverage.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dropping Brayton into coverage while playing OLB was crazy.
    That dude should have played base end in 4-3.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I think we are a 4-3 defense, but adding a NT and an OLB/ Nickel pass rusher should allow us to play more 3-4.

  • Gomer

    Damn. Just dropped to 51. KEEP VOTING

  • mcfadden20.

    They brought the lead back to 51%

    KEEP VOTING

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams

  • Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_nation_station

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/football-oakland-raiders/raiders-talk/Terrell-Owens-working-with-Raiders-playe?blockID=679468&feedID=2801

    ======

    No thank you.

    Hes just workin out or maybe even happened to be inthe same area. NOT that hes ever gonna be a raider but with Reggie callin the shots now…

    Have a great day Nation!~

  • Gomer

    KoolKell Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    I remember the Raiders dropping Tyler Brayton into coverage.
    ……………………………………………..

    Everybody knows good coaches make proper use of their personell. I don’t see the new regime with that problem of Raider coaches past.

  • Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_nation_station

    401. Brayton was wrthless in coverage…and pass rushing…and against the run. Other than that, aces.

    Dudes best highlight hit is kicking that Seahawk TE in the nardicles.

    Blech!

  • mcfadden20.
  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I heard Reggie say that he’s not married to any particular schemes. Just big strong fast players.

    If, we had 3-4 personnel, they’d run the 3-4. But Dennis Allen is saying the strength of the Raiders defense, is in the D-Line.

    They’ve made no moves towards 3-4 personnel…….

  • mcfadden20.

    Where are the Raiders fans when u need em?
    Most of you guys could talk non stop about BS politics but can’t vote for 10-15 minutes straight for our S&B

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams

  • J Hill

    Brayton was a DT who had to play outta position b/c Sapps silly arsse was still here. Base DE is about as far outside as he should have ever been.

    ShoNasty, on the other hand, is an athletic DE who has already been dropped into coverage. Of course we are talking about 3 or 4 times a game, if that. ShoNasty should be rushing the passer. The benefit of playing him at elephant OLB is simply being able to move him around and let him attack from different places.

  • J Hill

    I’m off the 3-4.

    I think we are going to see several 3 man front looks with a LB also attacking the LOS.

    We’ll see 3 corners more than we’ll see 3 or more LBs so it’s really a non issue.

  • J Hill

    I’ll bet you guys we won’t see 4 or 5 safeties on the field.

    I’ll bet you Mike Mitchell won’t be our nickel LB this season.

  • mcfadden20.
  • mcfadden20.

    CODE BLACK

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’ll bet you guys we won’t see 4 or 5 safeties on the field.

    I’ll bet you Mike Mitchell won’t be our nickel LB this season.
    —————————————–
    I don’t know, but Mike Mitchell is a hitter.

  • mcfadden20.

    we only have 1% lead n only 20 more hours to vote so keep voting for your own Raiders

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams

  • Seymour Bush

    I don’t know, but Mike Mitchell is a hitter.
    ================================

    That he is. Too bad he can’t cover, or tackle.

  • mcfadden20.

    No new post .. I wish Jerry or Steve could make a post about voting …

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams

  • mcfadden20.

    Only holding by a slim lead

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams

    VOte 76 Raiders as the greatest team ever

  • qodrn1

    new post.

  • Marks hair

    We had the worst lbs in the nfl last yr.. We’re a 4 man front..

  • niquewise
  • Rellik30

    Cap was never an issue in the past. No more Davis magic in that accept. :(

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