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Raiders get defensive once again, add another big-name veteran

The Raiders further bolstered their defense by signing veteran outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a two-year contract Thursday.
Woodley, 29, spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he recorded 57 sacks and earned a reputation as one of the game’s most versatile linebackers.
Earlier Thursday, the Raiders signed veteran defensive end Justin Tuck to a two-year contract. Tuck has the potential to earn as much as $11 million over the life of his contract. Woodley can earn as much as $12 million, according to an ESPN report.
Woodley played in a 3-4 defensive scheme his entire NFL career. The Raiders used primarily a 4-3 alignment the past two seasons under defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.
Given the Raiders return all three starting linebackers from last year’s team – Kevin Burnett, Nick Roach and Sio Moore – it’s unclear how the Raiders intend to use Woodley.
It’s conceivable that the addition of Woodley means Tarver intends to switch to a 3-4 scheme or at least use that look more often than he did the past two seasons.

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  • Chino

    Tuck felt disrespected by giants offer. Gonna play with attitude

  • Chino

    No chance
    @RapSheet: In the next few days, the Cowboys are scheduled to get a visit from Henry Melton, former #Bears franchised DT. Favorite of their D coaches

  • Chino

    Reg wake the fukc up. Make some moves.

  • Chino

    Honestly I thing reg is gonna hand out extensions to our current players. How else can he spend cap

  • DKnight007

    Yeah. Dumb move by 95.7 The Game by getting rid of Rise Guys.

  • Alex7

    but not his games. kinda important.

  • JLofty

    Toddler hands…

  • scinfidel

    Reggie doesn’t like Henry, he’s under 30

  • scinfidel
  • scinfidel

    I like him a lot.. I heard he was winging the ball at his pro day too. Great size, arm strength, good decisions, great accuracy and a leader.

  • Howard Benner

    Cat plays tough. . .likes to mix it up. . .willing blocker, runs in traffic,
    goes over the middle. . .

    Of course the NFL is another story, but I see some Steve Smith in his game. . .

    Without the anger management issues. . .

  • DKnight007

    I like him but not in 2nd. He has ome issues with catching the ball consistently also. Matthews seems like he will be a solid po

  • DKnight007

    Hmm. So if Manziel is gone they get Sammy than Dek #2?

  • DKnight007

    I get ya. I just think Matthews poved himself especially vs second cb’s. Good hands, size, good speed, good outes, good wok ethic, intelligent and good kid

  • Rico Stifler

    Reportedly, Daryn Colledge, Michael Oher, and Antonio Smith are coming in to visit today

  • Howard Benner

    solid, but not spectacular. . .The Raiders have enough of those types. they need a difference maker. . .not just another @ or #3. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Got it. . .I’m going for upside. . .higher celiling.

    If the Raiders go my route & select their “franchise QB” next year Bryant would already have a good development foundation. If they select him this year they have an entire year to grow. . .

  • Twinkle

    You , at least , have never wavered from the git go lol

  • Twinkle

    That is for sure the truth. The only reason I still had faith in Reg was the fact that I really have no say/choice in the matter anyway however it pans out . lol I figured positive is way better than negative so I crossed my fingers and went to bat for Reg and he pulled through. How do you like our D now AFC West ? lol.

  • Twinkle

    I posted this a while back but I’d read a report at the beginning of the year that we had $65 mill to spend on about $35 mill worth of talent and that’s including the draft and FA. lol

  • Twinkle

    Yes indeed and I sure didn’t /don’t even want to even think about this years schedule. lol It is truly brutal and to top it off we get a London England game in the middle of it.The NFL loves them some Raider no ?
    I’m only thankful that you are one of the very few in here that is aware of it otherwise Regs’ rep would be even lower than whale sh*t lol

  • Twinkle

    Right on the money as usual . It’s always amazing to me how hype and stereotype dominate the draft and other human endeavors and even recent history gets promptly forgotten.
    Testimony I guess to the amount of influence sheep have had in human evolution lol

  • Howard Benner

    Thank you, my friend. To me it’s just clear observation. . .

    I’m sure you have surmised my efforts to avoid the sheep &, more disturbingly, the “lemming” syndrome. . .one of the aspects of me that people either are drawn or repelled by. . .

    Not gonna even comment on last night’s debacle @ Oracle. . .that meltdown was unexcusable. . .I’m sufficiently pi$$ed. . .gonna go on a 10 mile walk. . .purge the inner demons. . .WTF!?

  • kenchun24

    lol…well I’ve dished out enough Reggie venting/bashing. But I still think collectively all his moves from Jan 2012 till now (especially after the Saffold/Veldy/Mark Davis debacle) have been more lateral than forward.

    It seems he loves injury prone guys and also loves letting players come here as a stepping stone for bigger contracts (like the Tarell Brown signing which I like but why not offer him at least a 2-3 year deal? Seems like most FA’s just use Reggie’s Raiders).

    At some point you need to field some continuity on a defense – turning over 6-10 players every year when his drafts have not yielded young cornerstone/impact defenders for the long term is just spinning wheels to me.

    I just hope he doesn’t screw up the draft – he cannot reach for injury prone project type players with the high picks from the 2014 draft like Hayden/Watson in 2013. He needs to hit on the first 3 picks. Impact starters out the gate IMO.

  • Twinkle

    The guns for hire guys were here mainly because they were all we could afford last year and they were playing for payoff deals this year I believe.Brown got screwed by his agent failing to notice a $2 mill bonus deal requiring him to attend all off season workouts and he ended up playing for $96 thou for last season.The whiners took pity on him and tossed him a $300 thou bone but he’d probably rung up serious debt thinking he had the money and Reg simply f*cked the 9ers by giving him $3.5 mill up front.He signed in five minutes leaving a 3 year $10 mill offer on the table.Smooth work by Reg and man does he know whats going on in every teams front office.People hear have no clue of what we have in Reg but I doubt if any one else in the league knew about Brown’s situation with SF but it happened before SF had time to react.They believed they had Brown and rushed out immediately and got a DB to replace him.Reg is slow and deliberate but rarely is uninformed or worse misinformed.I have just read Kawakami’s piece calling Reg a complete failure so I know for a fact now that he is not lol.Keep the faith we are gonna be a hell of a lot better than anyone imagined.Tuck Smith and Woodley and none of these studs getting what Houston is getting.I bet Manning is screaming at Elway as we speak about getting a running game and getting it now.The entire AFC North probably chipped in to buy Woodley’s plane ticket out here one way lol.

  • kenchun24

    For sure…I can yak all I like (and did when news broke this week – most are thoughtful posts with some making jokes of Reggie/supporters) but at the end of the day I’m just a fan, like the rest of us who are patient with Reggie Raiders or have lost their patience like me.

    And I’m sure you saw my thoughts on Kawakami’s article. But I’ve chatted the same thought’s with others on other NFL sites regarding the Raiders and I’d say it’s about 50-50 split for those who support him/vs. those who are questioning his moves after expecting a bit more from this well talked about build up to the Raider reconstruction start in 2014.

  • Twinkle

    Yes we agree on Mr Kawakami’s journalistic chops.As far and yourself and Brenner and a couple of others I try to be very careful with my yapping mouth.Sometimes my cheerleader like love for all things Raider interferes with logic but we have to remain patient with Reg til he’s no longer our GM if for no other reason than the alternatives may well be a whole lot worse lol

  • kenchun24

    You were right, from a thread last week or something you had mentioned Brenner to me. Brenner’s awesome. Chatted some movies and stuff with him a couple days ago on the Raiders FA thread (maybe this one several posts below?) and found out we are both Raider fans that are from Washington State (close to the Seattle area, even though I live in L.A. now but my youth was all Seattle) small world.

    Oh and be who you are Twinkle – cheerleader/detractor whatever, any blog is boring (Raiders, politics, movies) if everyone agrees. Laters.

  • Twinkle

    Thank you for the props and I don’t usually try and sic people on others in here but I kept getting this feeling, when chatting with you, of deja vu .You two have very similar taste and intellect (from all that can be gleaned from a blog that is lol).I hardly chat with either of you but follow both because of some classic smack downs that the pair of you dish out periodically usually without the victim being fully aware of it lol. But mainly for the thought and knowledge that go into both your posts.Little did I know you were from the same area I also lived there several times and am still a Husky and Mariner fan though I no longer follow either sport.It was the hard core movie buff in both of you though that got me to mention Howard I think.The guy is amazing though huh ? Glad you hit it off because yes this blog can get depressing at times and some intelligence amongst the horde of knee jerk emotional outpouring is a ray of sunshine lol
    Better end this not so short story before before I die of old age (do I ramble or what? lol) Laters to you