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Raiders confirm Roach signing

Linebacker Nick Roach, who has started 29 games in the last two seasons for the Chicago Bears over the past two seasons, has signed with the Raiders, the club announced Friday.


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,’’ accepting the Raiders’ offer.

No terms have been disclosed.

“Once I came out to visit, I knew it was going to be a fast process,’’ Roach told ESPN-Chicago. “It was a great visit.’’

Roach is expected to step in as the Raiders middle linebacker in place of Rolando McClain, who has yet to be released but is due just over $4 million in salary and has been a disappointment both on and off the field since being the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

“It’s going to be great to be a middle linebacker,’’ Roach told ESPN-Chicago. “I can’t wait to get with Raiders coaches and learn the scheme.

Roach will likely be flanked by free agent signee Kaluka Maiava and incumbent starter Miles Burris. Burris was the weak side starter last season and Maiava was predominantly a weak side player with the Cleveland Browns. Both players have enough athleticism to move to the strong side, which has more coverage responsibilities with the tight end.

Philip Wheeler, the strong side starter last season, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent.

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 Chicago in place of Brian Urlacher and was considered the logical choice to take that position this season, with Ulracher a free agent.

He will soon travel to Baltimore as the recipient of the Bears “Ed Block Courage Award’’ winner, given to a player on each team that “exemplify commitments to principles of sportsmanship and courage.’’

With Roach signed, free agent linebacker Dan Connor reportedly left Alameda without a contract.

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  • beach

    No playoff tickets, but who was our last good Middle Linebacker? And I disagree, this guy Roach is better than Wheeler.

  • DMAC

    IMO
    Our biggest weakness on offense is RT.
    It needs to be addressed already!!!

  • 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.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Jeff Dickerson ‏@ESPNChiBears

    #Bears did want Roach back. Envisioned large role for him. But #Bears are up against the cap, as Phil Emery said on Wednesday.
    Retweeted by SBreport

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    Bears Sucks tho.. why would they want Roach as their linebacker??? oh wait

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Dakota Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    The more I think about it the more I wonder if Palmer has told reggie, look, I will consider a restructure or adjustment of my contract if their is a big name free agent we can get, but I am not changing my contract if it means I will just be lining mark davis’ pockets. If not, then cut me and roll with Pryor….we have all seen him in practice….good luck with that.
    ============

    ‘welcome to fantasy island” “the plane, the plane’

    lol dakota acid trip much?

    palmer isnt in a position to make any demands

    They have all seen pryor in practice since week 14 and it caused reggie and allen to publicly say pryor has a chance to compete and win the starting gig next year

    could it be that palmer isnt budging because he knows he is only a seat warmer st this point?

    why take a pay cut, embarrassing on its own, then suffer the humiliation of being benched?

    that would dissolve any illusory value he still holds.

    my theory vs your theory all speculation at this point

  • elraidmanhattan

    Dmac agreed can not have willie playing there will shorten a qb career

  • edward teach

    46.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    James Robert Sanos ‏@EastBay_Sports

    LB Nick Roach has signed with #Raiders team is focusing on a lot of 2nd and 3rd tier players. that’s how they found wheeler last year.

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    I thought Wheeler was a PRO BOWL PLAYER??

    ********************************************************

    The Dolphins better hope he is. Their fans are already screaming bloody murder, lol.

  • morilla

    2013 actually might not be that bad of a year.

    Stay the course. Keep up the solid moves.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    just saying youre comparing apples and oranges…the word average implies taking all the games into account not just four of his greatest games…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport ‏@SBreport

    Nick Roach had 41 tackles in the final four games of 2012. Versatile LB turns 28 before season begins.

  • DMAC

    beach Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    No playoff tickets, but who was our last good Middle Linebacker? And I disagree, this guy Roach is better than Wheeler.
    =======

    Biekert

  • rediaR

    Elraidmanhattan Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    I want to know why the staff soured on Ausberry.
    ______
    Have they? He made plays every time I remember the ball being thrown his way last year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Gdog

    do you work for PFF or something? maybe have stock in the company? just curious..

  • DJ Johnny

    Not trying to say this is the signing of the century, but when u think about it, Chi. hallmark has always been their pride in the mlb position. Butkus, Singletary and Urlacher. Roach was moved over from strong side lb to mlb for the last 4 games of last season and w/ Urlacher a question mark THIS season was the heir apparent to that famed position for the Bears…but they had to get a deal done…and didn’t…but not w/o trying.

    Word from the Bears pundits I heard on radio said new GM Emery..in conjunction w/ new HC Trestman…wanted to focus more on offense this yr. so they had limited resources to sign Roach; but make no mistake…they wanted to keep him.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Roach looks like an accountant

    ———————–

    and what did Romac look like last year in bama??

  • elraidmanhattan

    Palmer restructures or is gone period the end, reality must set in. And as I said before, Palmer would retire before going to east coast or just flat retire doesn’t need to do this anymore.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Roach is better than Wheeler

    ***

    Roach isn’t replacing Wheeler. He’s replacing McClain!

  • Gdog

    I hate to be the person peeing on their playoff tickets, but STATISTICALLY speaking only, Wheeler, Bryant, and Huff combined for a +28 together.

    The players Reggie picked up so far together are a -3.

    We have 31 points on defense to make up just to tread water from last year.

    …and this is where the Reggie apologists point fingers at statistics…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Not trying to say this is the signing of the century, but when u think about it, Chi. hallmark has always been their pride in the mlb position. Butkus, Singletary and Urlacher. Roach was moved over from strong side lb to mlb for the last 4 games of last season and w/ Urlacher a question mark THIS season was the heir apparent to that famed position for the Bears…but they had to get a deal done…and didn’t…but not w/o trying.

    ———————-

    exactly. Bears know linebackers

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I don’t care what these HACKS use to evaluate LB’ers….but Roach averaged 1 tackle every 13.4 snaps last season….

    Tackling is kinda important at linebacker I think….

    Now before I tell you what McClain registered I think it is important to mention that I would have cut McClain prior to last season for non-performance issues….

    The fact is….McClain averaged a tackle every 9.45 snaps last year….

    THIS IS A FACT…

    Fire Reggie McKenzie and his OLD ANTIQUATED WAY OF EVALUATING TALENT!

    He may have played LB in the NFL….but he hasn’t THOUGHT FOR HIMSELF SINCE HE WAS A TEEN….

  • Charlie

    Mistic

    Palmer.Pryor and Dmac are why we will go with Oline with our first pick.

    All those guys will benefit and our defense gets better because they are on the field less.

    We may go LT and move Veld to RT or we go guard and try Bergstom at RT.

    We have to trust Sparano a bit on this one but Oline is where our first pick goes.
    DT with the next pick.

  • edward teach

    48.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    Rick Gosselin ‏@RickGosselinDMN

    The NFL has spent $707 million on the Top 25 free agents, of which $297 million is guaranteed. Those 25 FAs have a combined six Pro Bowls.
    Retweeted by SBreport

    ********************************************************

    And despite the fact that it almost never works for the teams that gave out those idiotic contracts, the same thing will happen again a year from now.

    I can’t even express how happy I am that we are no longer doing business that way.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Its funny how ppl use to rip al when he was here.. talk mad shiz about him. .saying hire a GM.. do this..

    Put up Billboards.. make fun of him. Now that he is gone.. he was the greatest ever the last ten years!!

  • RaidingTexas

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    Rick Gosselin ‏@RickGosselinDMN

    The NFL has spent $707 million on the Top 25 free agents, of which $297 million is guaranteed. Those 25 FAs have a combined six Pro Bowls.
    Retweeted by SBreport

    ————————————————

    Ridiculous. Some teams are going to get burned by those contracts.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Each passing moment this team gets worse…..and it will continue to get worse with the men in charge of the football side of the building….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    The fact is….McClain averaged a tackle every 9.45 snaps last year

    ——————-

    goes to show you how bad our defense was last year. Roach would probaly average 1 out of every 6 and he wasnt playing MLB .. he was strong side. Let him play in the middle

  • Charlie

    Guys.

    Football is all about blocking and tackling.

    Running backs, QB’s and DB’s get the ink but the guys in the box do the heavy lifting.

    We have lacked in that area for a decade. It has been pathetic.

  • Thec

    RaidingTexas, got ya boy Roach I see….

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Oh crap, brahs

    Peemore Bust gave his patent “kiss of death” approval to the Roach signing

    Obviously this guy is now going to be a total bust or get injured on opening day during the coin toss

    Sorry homies, I was pumped over this kid kicking Mo’blando to the curb

    Dang …. but holla

  • Thec

    Charlie Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    Guys.

    Football is all about blocking and tackling.

    Running backs, QB’s and DB’s get the ink but the guys in the box do the heavy lifting.

    We have lacked in that area for a decade. It has been pathetic.

    ++++++=

    Word for the Draft is TRENCHMEN

  • inonewordraider

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter
    Elvis Dumervil agreed to salary reduction, smartly. Remains in Denver.

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  • DMAC

    Gotta run playuhs!
    Yall have a solid weekend.
    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!
    In Reggie I trust!

  • beach

    75. You don’t know anything about rebuilding an NFL team. Reggie is building a team from the ground up. Let’s see what you have to say AFTER the draft.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    #RaiderNation ‏@Dmj_5710

    Prediction nick roach will lead the #Raiders in tackles my guess 140.

  • Gdog

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Attn: Gdog

    do you work for PFF or something? maybe have stock in the company? just curious..

    >>>>

    Do you have anything better to base player evaluations on?

    If so.. produce it!!

    Sorry guys… Roach only had one good game in his entire CAREER, week 16 vs the lowly Ariz Cards.

    Maybe he is just now learning the position!! I hope its true… but to pretend this is the signing of the century is kinda crazy to me.

    He’s a good average LB thus far in his career.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t care what these HACKS use to evaluate LB’ers….but Roach averaged 1 tackle every 13.4 snaps last season….
    ============

    perspective

    roach isnt being brought in to be a star, i view him as a stop gap player that can be decent and solid for 2-3 years until we draft a better player.

    he is also versatile and can switch positions to cover for injuries or accommodate a drafted player.

    good move by big mack

    now add some star power in the draft

    dion jordan please

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Dumervil agrees to salary reduction and Louis Delmas returns to the Lions. Boooooooo

  • shutdown

    “Roach looks like an accountant”

    That’s good, not bad as long as he has the smarts of an accountant. I like that he wishes to look smart.

    Reggie wants guys who aren’t dumb. Get it?

  • Gdog

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    #RaiderNation ‏@Dmj_5710

    Prediction nick roach will lead the #Raiders in tackles my guess 140.

    >>>>

    Just 140? Not 340???

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    #RaiderNation ‏@Dmj_5710

    Prediction nick roach will lead the #Raiders in tackles my guess 140.

    ___________________________________________

    Sell crazy someplace else…

  • beach

    I guarantee you guys Carson Palmer will have to take a cut down to a maximum of $10 Mil to stay. No other team would give him as much money.

  • Charlie

    Teach

    Completely agree.

    I have not felt this good about the Raiders since 2002.

    I don’t think we will win more than seven this year but the foundation is being built the right way.

    Finishing the last two seasons over the cap with the pathetic performance we saw from many players was disastrous. The player purge the last two years was long over due.

  • DMAC

    Oh Yeah
    Sign Rhodes and don’t forget to draft the honey badger!
    Peace

  • rediaR

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter
    Elvis Dumervil agreed to salary reduction, smartly. Remains in Denver.
    ——————
    That sucks, even if he wasn’t going to end up in Oakland.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Do you have anything better to base player evaluations on?

    ———————

    Reggie does. Its called Game Tape. Reggie does.. its called his team playing the bears for the past however many years before he came from the packers. Whens the last time u saw ROACH PLAY?? OH THATS RIGHT

  • DJ Johnny

    Naysayers may point out that Roach wasn’t even one of the top 6 players on the Bears D…which is probably true.

    They have 2 probowler’s at the corner’s with Tim Jennings and Tillman…Briggs and Urlacher at LB and Julius Peppers and Henry Melton on the line; so Roach was definitely overshadowed.

    Still…we couldv’e done worse..and by all accounts Roach did pretty well for himself and will be missed on Chicago’s D.

  • Thec

    .we have all seen him in practice….good luck with that.

    ++++++=

    When would this “mythical” practice have taken place????

    3rd stringers do not get snaps, so what practice are you referring too????

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Sell crazy someplace else…

    ——————–

    looks like u have massive stock in that

  • inonewordraider

    perspective

    roach isnt being brought in to be a star, i view him as a stop gap player that can be decent and solid for 2-3 years until we draft a better player.

    he is also versatile and can switch positions to cover for injuries or accommodate a drafted player.

    good move by big mack

    now add some star power in the draft

    dion jordan please
    ____________
    you think reggie drafts jordan and benches burris or maiava? or you like him a DE?

  • ohioraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Dakota Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    The more I think about it the more I wonder if Palmer has told reggie, look, I will consider a restructure or adjustment of my contract if their is a big name free agent we can get, but I am not changing my contract if it means I will just be lining mark davis’ pockets. If not, then cut me and roll with Pryor….we have all seen him in practice….good luck with that.
    ============

    ‘welcome to fantasy island” “the plane, the plane’

    lol dakota acid trip much?

    palmer isnt in a position to make any demands

    They have all seen pryor in practice since week 14 and it caused reggie and allen to publicly say pryor has a chance to compete and win the starting gig next year

    could it be that palmer isnt budging because he knows he is only a seat warmer st this point?

    why take a pay cut, embarrassing on its own, then suffer the humiliation of being benched?

    that would dissolve any illusory value he still holds.

    my theory vs your theory all speculation at this point
    ———————————————-
    Dude, I destroyed your theory weeks ago. Give it up. You’re effin dreaming.