LB Nick Roach agrees to terms with Raiders


Linebacker Nick Roach, who has started 29 games in the last two seasons for the Chicago Bears, has agreed to terms with the Raiders, according to multiple reports.

ESPN-Chicago reported that Bears’ general manager Phil Emery said his team attempted to sign Roach, but was up against the salary cap and Roach “wouldn’t make the necessary adjustments,’’ instead accepting the Raiders’ offer.

Roach joins free agent signee Kaluka Maiava and incumbent Miles Burris on a team that is expected to part with three-year player Rolando McClain.

An undrafted free agent out of Northwestern, Roach (6-foot-1, 234 pounds) was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2007 but signed with the Bears upon his release.

He is a veteran of 59 starts for coach Lovie Smith’s primarily Cover 2 defense, playing both the strong side and in the middle.
Roach started the final four games of the season for Chciago in place of Brian Urlacher and was considered the logical choice to take that position this season, with Ulracher a free agent.

The Raiders could employ Roach on either the strong side or the middle, as there have have been discussions about moving Burris inside.

Meanwhile, running back Mike Goodson, according to multiple reports, has signed with the New York Jets.

Goodson missed four games due to injury last season and seemed to be more comfortable in the zone blocking system than starter Darren McFadden. The Raiders have since junked the ZBS in favor of more gap and power schemes that suit McFadden.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • elraidmanhattan

    We need to replace willie smith, so i am all for a free agent at a good price, i also think Nix will win guard position tough as nails

  • NGRaiderfan

    JAke Long wants 10 mil per. probably y he left St. Louis without a contract. he will realize he wount get that, so will andre smith. they will both sign small offers, much smaller than they want. and we will get winston for even cheaper. best case scenario.

  • Dakota

    My guess is that the phins resign long to a deal worth about $8 million a year. 25% pay cut for him.

  • DutchRaider77

    599.boss01 Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    577.DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 11:51 am
    How about Jake Long for RT?

    Talking heads said he is better at run blocking than pass blocking? Good RT?

    Plus we can get the Dolphins back for stealing our Wheels….


    When Reggie makes him an offer, the first question his agent will ask Reggie will be….you mean per game?


    True…didn’t realize he wanted so much scratch.

  • inonewordraider

    maybe reggie is still evaluating whether Da’s the guy. why you gonna tie up all your cap space when he might be gone next year, you get a new system, and need different players to fill the system.

    wait till we’re competetive before really spending might be the idea

  • Charlie

    Jones has played G, OT and center but is pegged as a second rounder.
    Wish we had a second round pick.

  • elraidmanhattan

    I will love to add pollard

  • elraidmanhattan

    Boy james harrison really made a bad move

  • Charlie

    Eric Winston is just like Brisiel last year.

    29 years old. No way do a big long term deal with him.
    Think he made $5 mill last year.

    We are not going with older guys in key positions and have to rely on them.

  • DMAC

    severeraiderz Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 11:55 am


    Ronnie Brown!? I’ll pass on him. Jennings would be a nice pickup and I would like to grab Lattimore or Taylor late in the draft

    Taylor from Stanford?
    That would be nice, but isn’t he considered to go atleast in the 4th-5th round?

  • New post.

  • ohioraider

    mcfadden20. Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Say no to Myers , ask Ausberry to add 10-15 more lbs and let him compete with two other guys
    Fred Davis

  • Scourge

    Congrats, P-man! A blessed event. Mebbe Beeech will drop in with celebratory lines!

  • Scourge

    Hey, you guys, question for those in the know. What’s Mrs Davis’ level of influence in the Raider organization. I haven’t been able to find out much about her. Anybody have any interesting stories/info? She must have learned something from Al over the years.

  • xraided

    SHO NASTY officially gone. ARZ 1 year deal

  • gangosix

    hello all,maybe someday nick will be known as “coach roach”