By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 7:10 am in Oakland 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.