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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

    I was just messing with ya O!
    I think we oughta keep Moss and Groves around. Too bad Scott never really came back from the knee cuz we still need some pass rush from the ends as MrHill has said….

  • JLofty

    For the record I agree that we need a pass rush monster from the End, Moss wasn’t terrible at it maybe he should come back for depth.
    i am trying to remember Brodine from camp etc, but I am too mushy in the skull anymore…

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    PGutierrezCSN @theDHB85 tweets a pic showing @terrellowens hanging with @RAIDERS players? What’s it mean? csnbayarea.com/football-oakla…
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Not no. But, UFCK NO! To T.O…..

  • mcfadden20.

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

    KEEP the VOtes coming

    CODE BLACKING

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    JLofty,

    I know bro. I think I’m the only one here that thinks tendering Brodine means something. We added DBs, and Reggie said we need an OLB, but no mention of DE. Why?
    I still think we should add another speedy DE.
    Cordarro Law in the 5th.

  • Tjbwall

    Raiders need a Nt for both the 3-4 & the 4-3

    4-3 will be our base D next year no doubt, but don’t count out some 3-4 sets

  • ron69

    I can’t text you RM but he said he was pleased with his starting line up and quoted he just had 1 spot left, you don’t have to be very smart to know that we lack a true wlb an upgrade over Groves and Curry, obviously Curry is taking slb duties as a 2 down man.

  • J Hill

    Reggie said we need an OLB, but no mention of DE. Why?

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    Isn’t OLB a 3-4 position?

    Why do you think he cut his 2 best RDEs from last year but doesn’t think he needs a RDE?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We cut one player, and he was an OLB/ nickel pass rusher!

  • Gomer

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics

    NO FCKING WAY BILTMO CAN WIN THIS THING. KEEP VOTING.

  • J Hill

    What do you cats think about Goethel?

    I mean, if McFadden and ShooNasty are being counted on to return from injury, why not Goethel?

  • Seymour Bush

    Raider O Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    We cut one player, and he was an OLB/ nickel pass rusher!
    =========================================

    Correction: He was an OVER PAID OLB/nickel pass rusher.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Isn’t OLB a 3-4 position?

    Why do you think he cut his 2 best RDEs from last year but doesn’t think he needs a RDE?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I’m not sure I understand your point about OLB? There are 2 OLBs in 4-3 defense.
    We cut one OLB/ Nickel pass rusher!

  • Marks hair

    Reg said we need one guy on D.. If we go 3-4 we need a few guys.. We are going 4-3..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Cause Goethel didn’t play.
    DMAC and Shaughnessy showed us what they do when healthy.

  • Gomer

    You have to vote so that if it is close, the nfl will rig it. Right now its close. 52/48 Raiders. I’ve voted at least 200 times and got a buddy who’s voted over 500 times and another buddy thats voted a hundred times, and it is still a close race. Some yahoo over in biltmo is probably goin at it 24/7.. Keep voting.

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics

  • Marks hair

    Gothel never has shown he is good enough to start..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Correction: He was an OVER PAID OLB/nickel pass rusher.
    $$$$$$$$
    Hell yeah he was. Look at his true market value, he got $6-7 million per year in FA (teams overpay in FA), and we were on the hook for $11 million.

  • J Hill

    Goethel was going to start over Groves last season.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    That was the prev coaching staff. They also wanted to move Huff to CB.

  • J Hill

    Moss was brought back either. You know, our 2nd best pass rushing DE.

  • YoungAmerican

    They’re going to show both 3-4 and 4-3 looks. The only question is which one they’ll emphasize. That will be determined by the players they’re in position to sign as free agents and select in the draft.

  • JLofty

    O if we kept him we were on the hook for >$19mil weren’t we?
    Moss came in and subb’ed pretty well for Shonasty I thought. Not great but al’ight!

  • J Hill

    They also wanted to move Huff to CB.

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    So did you, lol

  • JLofty

    I’ve watched Goethel play in the past two preseasons, he looked pretty good, you know for a rook…

  • JLofty

    C-ya fellas.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I thought our 2nd and 3rd best DEs were Shaughnessy and Bryant.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    They also wanted to move Huff to CB.

    ————————————————————–

    So did you, lol
    $$$$$$$
    LOL
    I know bro, but that’s not the point.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    JLofty,

    I thought it was 11, but he is gone now.
    Later bro.

  • J Hill

    They’re going to show both 3-4 and 4-3 looks.

    ————————————————————

    But probably more 3-3 nickle sets with one or more of the LBs rushing the passer.

    There is not a single “running team” in teh division.

    Who else is on the schedule next year?

    “Nickle corner is a starter” – Coach Allen

  • J Hill

    but that’s not the point.

    ————————————————————-

    LOL!

  • Gomer

    WTF Now its 51/49. Thats bullschit folks. Get voting.
    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics

  • J Hill

    Goethel and McClain are 2 guys you can put in the middle of our defense.

    Turn Curry loose on the QB.

    Draft an OLB and/or sign Wheeler.

    3-4 LB situation solved.

  • YoungAmerican

    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    They’re going to show both 3-4 and 4-3 looks.

    ————————————————————

    But probably more 3-3 nickle sets with one or more of the LBs rushing the passer.

    There is not a single “running team” in teh division.

    Who else is on the schedule next year?

    “Nickle corner is a starter” – Coach Allen

    ==================

    Yep.

    That comment from Allen is very telling.

    “Being multiple” means more than just 4-3 and 3-4. It’s why even if 3-4 was the base defense, Shaughnessy will still have a huge role as an RDE. And it’s why I doubt they’re done adding to the secondary.

  • J Hill

    And I’m keeping Tommy Kelly!

    He’s my first string nickle DT.

  • mcfadden20.

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


    wow only leading 51% to 49%

    can we all go there and vote atleast 25 times each ????

    Raider NAtion.. LETS GO there click on the link vote atleast 25 times each ..

    WE need to vote atleast 25 times for every member come on nation we can do this .

    you guys don’t want the freakin 00 Ravens, won by cheating against the Raiders to be crown the greatest ever ,

    Ask you self that question again
    do you guys want that?

    12 votes in 1 minute

    lets vote for 5 minutes cmon guys ..

  • J Hill

    It’s why even if 3-4 was the base defense, Shaughnessy will still have a huge role as an RDE

    ————————————————————

    Agreed.

    Or LDE if they decided to move him to the other side.

    I love the idea of standing him up as an OLB but still essentially using him as a DE. Just gives more versatility. And he’s athletic enough to drop into a zone coverage a few times a game.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J,

    I still think Huff should play NB, if we can find a good backup FS. Have the shadow do what he does best, cover TEs.

  • mcfadden20.

    CMon you guys could spend 5 minutes for the team you guys love so much

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

  • J Hill

    Nah ..

    Now that we have Spencer and Bartell, we don’t need Huff at CB.

    We need Huff and Branch on the back end all the time.

    Our 2 young corners are going to surprise a lot of folks this upcoming season.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    ROFLMAO watching NFLN.
    Reporter: what were you thinking dancing like that?
    Gronk: I couldn’t even tell you!

  • YoungAmerican

    Huff will still see some time at nickel CB, I’m sure, with Giordano (he’s familiar with Allen so I’m sure he’ll re-sign for the vet minimum), Chekwa or a rookie at FS.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    Kell,

    I agree that our Dline is a position of strength. DTs in particular. I’m simply questioning the DE positions since we are in a passing league, and more importantly, a passing division.

    We are going to HAVE to get after Rivers and Manning and we can’t rely on sending 5 and 6 players.
    ——————————————-
    Shanussey is coming back. 3-4 defense doesn’t necessarily mean rushing the passer without blitzing.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Keep all four WRs,
    Find a dominate RT, whether that be Barnes, Barksdale, Campbell, rookie, or Kennedy coming out of retirement don’t really care
    Resign Branch, Reece, Bryant, Mad Stork 2.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like how YA thinks. He is a very smart man.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dropping DE’s into pass coverage, is silly, imo.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Shaughnessy got an INT being silly!

  • RaiderRetribution

    I hope Dennis talked to Shaughnessy about smoking those cancer sticks no matter what position he starts at.
    He is our only true DE.

  • mcfadden20.

    Great job Nation getting back to 52% but the job isn’t done yet , it’s going to be a dog fight till the end … let’s keep on voting n try to improve to 53% n further

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

  • Seymour Bush

    Raider O Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Correction: He was an OVER PAID OLB/nickel pass rusher.
    $$$$$$$$
    Hell yeah he was. Look at his true market value, he got $6-7 million per year in FA (teams overpay in FA), and we were on the hook for $11 million.
    ============================================

    Exactly. We were on the hook for Almost twice as much as his FMV! Now you know why we haven’t been winning recently.