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Raiders meeting with two veteran free agents

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The Raiders reportedly are interested enough in linebacker Nick Roach and defensive tackle Pat Sims to schedule meetings with both players at some point this week, according to reports.
Sims, 27, started 23 games during his five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, but only one of those starts came the past two seasons. He recorded 17 tackles in eight games last season.
The Raiders are down two defensive tackles from last season’s roster as of right now — Richard Seymour is a free agent, Desmond Bryant signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Roach, 27, started 59 games during his six seasons with the Chicago Bears. More than half those starts came the past two seasons.
Roach also is on the radar of several other teams. The Raiders are seeking an infusion of talent for a linebacking corps that just lost Phillip Wheeler and soon is expected to lose Rolando McClain.
In other news, the Raiders re-signed cornerback Coye Francies, who was with the Raiders last season and played mostly special teams.

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Steve Corkran