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Report: LB Wheeler visiting 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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  • JLofty

    JHill, the only guy on our team particualrly suited to 3-4 is McPain (imo). Who else do you think is better off in that alignment?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dennis Allen says the strength of the Raider Defense is it’s Front.

    Wheeler leaving Colts because they’re going 3-4

    What does that tell ya, about a Raider 3-4?

  • mcfadden20.

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

    lead is only 52% for us , lets vote guys n get the lead to 55% percent …

  • YoungAmerican

    I think you mean Ronnel Lewis the OLB from Oklahoma.

    ——————–

    There IS an OLB at Oklahoma named Travis Lewis – but you’re right, I think I was getting confused as to which one was which.

  • Tjbwall

    but isn’t likely to return to the Colts where head coach Chuck Pagano plans on installing a 3-4 defense.”
    ========================================

    Vittorio Tafur‏@VittorioTafurReply

    Wheeler to visit Raiders, but could still re-sign with Colts – Indianapolis Colts http://cbsprt.co/HnDaeb #cbssports

  • J Hill

    It’ll take more time and $$ to change roster over to a more pure 3-4. We are missing too many pieces to do that in ‘12.

    ———————————————————–

    What pieces are we missing?

  • JLofty

    I should clarify that I think we have several players versatile enough to play 3-4 but whether they are “better there” is both speculative and beyond my pay grade.

  • JLofty

    Nose Tackle, and 2 linebackers to start with.
    A pass rushing OLB…

  • YoungAmerican

    Truthfully, I think the Raiders are missing pieces for both 3-4 and 4-3. It comes down to what pieces they’ll be able to find.

  • Tjbwall

    KoolKell Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    Wheeler leaving Colts because they’re going 3-4
    ==============================
    Where exactly are you getting your information, whos to know if Wheeler & the Colts aren’t in communication?

    How about the fact that Wheeler is a UFA and is exploring other possibilities for his future in the NFL

  • J Hill

    Vittorio Tafur‏@VittorioTafurReply

    Wheeler to visit Raiders, but could still re-sign with Colts – Indianapolis Colts http://cbsprt.co/HnDaeb #cbssports

    ———————————————————–

    Of course he could go back to Indy.

  • Tjbwall

    YoungAmerican Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    Truthfully, I think the Raiders are missing pieces for both 3-4 and 4-3. It comes down to what pieces they’ll be able to find.
    =========
    x2

  • hwnrdr

    Wheeler just tweeted that he is on his way to Oakland and then decide which team will be the best fit….decisions decisions

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Tjbwall Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    KoolKell Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Wheeler leaving Colts because they’re going 3-4
    ==============================
    Where exactly are you getting your information, whos to know if Wheeler & the Colts aren’t in communication?
    ————————————————
    I’m quoting Jerry McDonald, did you read the damn article?

  • YoungAmerican

    OK, quick revision:

    3rd – NT Josh Chapman, Alabama; OLB/ILB Sean Spence, Miami; OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma; CB Leonard Johnson, Iowa State; OLB/DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia; DE/OLB Jake Bequette, Arkansas

    4th – ILB James Michael-Johnson, Nevada; OLB Keenan Robinson, Texas; FS Janzen Jackson, McNeese State; OT Jeff Allen, Illinois; DB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama; DE/OLB Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy; ILB/OLB Nigel Bradham, Florida State

    5th – RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor; DL Akiem Hicks, Regina; NT Damon Harrison, William Penn; DE/OLB Cordarro Law, Southern Miss; DE/OLB Julian Miller, West Virginia; OT Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State

    5th – DB Robert Blanton, Notre Dame; RB Tauren Poole, Tennessee; OLB/ILB Miles Burris, San Diego State; DE/OLB Frank Alexander, Oklahoma; RB Dan Herron, Ohio State; NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, Baylor; OT Andrew Datko, Florida State

    6th – OT Matt Reynolds, BYU; CB Cliff Harris, Oregon; ILB/OLB Emmanuel Acho, Texas; DE/OLB Brandon Lindsey, Pitt; NT Hebron Fangupo, BYU; DE Jack Crawford, Penn State; WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois

  • DKnight007

    For some reason, I’m expecting Wheeler to sign with Raiders.

  • CanuckRaider

    No more hoops talk?…Toilet paper still fair game?

  • J Hill

    251.JLofty Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    JHill, the only guy on our team particualrly suited to 3-4 is McPain (imo). Who else do you think is better off in that alignment?

    ———————————————————-

    DE – Bryant/Houston
    NT – Ivey
    DE – Seymour/Houston

    OLB – Curry
    ILB – McClain
    ILB – Goethel
    OLB -

    I think we could easily draft 2
    LB and a NT. I think ShoNasty can make the same conversion to elephant OLB that Mario Williams made.

    We’ll see.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Brown was one of the reasons LeBron left. He won the coach award only because of James.
    Paul Westhead won a Coach of the year when he replaced McKinney after his bicyle accident and the Lakers won the NBA title and Magic demanded to be traded if the Laker’s didn’t fire him the next season..

  • Tjbwall

    KoolKell

    Wheeler leaving has more to say about him exploring other options than him not being a fit for the 3-4

    Jerry never stated that Wheeler is leaving the Colts “because” they are switching to a 3-4

    Read up

  • mcfadden20.

    BROWN was good for that Cavs team ..without him they don’t win 40+ games

  • YoungAmerican

    Philip Wheeler ‏ @Philgood50

    Dang Raider Nation ain’t no joke. They deep. Lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    “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.”

    -Jerry McDonald March 29th, 2012 11:02am

  • Tjbwall

    KoolKell Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    I’m quoting Jerry McDonald, did you read the damn article?
    =============================
    “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.”

    Quote the man word for word, don’t put words in Jerry’s mouth. Nowhere does he say Wheeler is such a horrible fit for the 3-4

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Paul Westhead is now the Women’s Head Coach at Univ of Oregon.

  • CanuckRaider

    #275: Smart man…Love tall, long-leggedy women.

  • J Hill

    What does “isn’t likely” mean?

  • Gomer

    Does anyone know if Seabass, or anyother kicker for that matter, attempts, say a 55 yarder, and it come up short, but bounces on one hop through the goal posts, is it good?

  • Tjbwall

    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    What does “isn’t likely” mean?
    ===================
    lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Q: Defensively, what are your assets?

    Allen: Our strongest area, I think defensively, is we’re going to be good up front. I think that’s been a key asset to the team over the last couple years. We’re big, we’re physical up front.
    ———————————————
    What does that tell ya about the Raiders going 3-4?

  • CanuckRaider

    #278: 1 and1/2 pts for that.

  • CanuckRaider

    We still have the draft and much more FA to go. Reggie and Dennis will find the personnel to play multiple fronts. Just don’t expect the most overwhelming defense in league history.

  • Gomer

    Raiders are the greatest team ever. 2000 Ravens cheated and never got flagged for it. Taking out Gannon the way they did was cheap.

  • Gomer

    CanuckRaider Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    #278: 1 and1/2 pts for that.
    …………………………………..
    Sweet.

  • CanuckRaider

    Siragusa is a pig.

  • mcfadden20.

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

    VOte atleast 10 times

    vote , refresh

    only takes 1 minutes

    GO RAIDERS

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Was Tony S paid a bounty for destroying Gannon. Hmn

  • CanuckRaider

    #284: And if he kicks it through and it bounces back through again it’s 6 pts.

  • Gomer

    You got that right.

  • CanuckRaider

    #287: Probably got a semi-load of food for it.

  • Gomer

    There should be an investigation if there was a bounty on Gannon by the Ravens. And if there is one they will find sara-goose guilty and the NFL and Goodell should strip the Ravens of their lonely Lombardi.

  • http://hooters.com Randy the Raider Redneck Alligator

    Checking out Phillip Wheeler’s twitter. His girl is fine.

  • http://hooters.com Randy the Raider Redneck Alligator
  • Silverandblack666

    “Bengals cheerleader arrested, accused of sex with high school student”

    My South park response is “Nice…”

  • BewareofRaiders

    I know randy did you see her twitter? She responded to his raider question and said she likes the raiders

  • Dakota

    279.Tjbwall Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    What does “isn’t likely” mean?
    ===================
    lol

    Depends on what the definition of is is.

  • CanuckRaider

    All women love the Raiders and Raider fans.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    “Bengals cheerleader arrested, accused of sex with high school student”
    $$$$$$$$$$
    Lucky bastard!!

  • Dakota

    298.Raider O Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    “Bengals cheerleader arrested, accused of sex with high school student”
    $$$$$$$$$$
    Lucky bastard!!

    +++++++++++++

    You people, that was an adult taking advantage of a child who doesn’t know right from wrong and was…ahhhh never mind…..high five kid!

  • Seymour Bush

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    “Bengals cheerleader arrested, accused of sex with high school student”

    My South park response is “Nice…”
    ========================================

    Why is this a crime again?