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Philip Wheeler paying Raiders a visit

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The biggest names are off the free agent market, but there are still plenty of contributors available for teams still shopping.

One such player is outside linebacker Philip Wheeler and he’s going to meet with the Raiders about joining their defense. He tweeted the news on Thursday and then found himself inundated with Raiders fans asking him to join the team.

Wheeler started 11 games for the Colts last season, picking up 84 tackles and one sack. Oakland needs someone to replace the departed Kamerion Wimbley as a starting linebacker, a role Wheeler could fill although he’s more of a run-stopper than the pass rusher that Wimbley was for the Raiders.

Wheeler has also visited with the Dolphins and the Colts are reportedly still interested. Both of those teams will be running more 3-4 looks next season, though, and Wheeler has played in a 4-3 system since coming into the league. That could make the Raiders more appealing, although money has a way of trumping all things when it comes to free agents making decisions about their futures.

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16 Responses to “Philip Wheeler paying Raiders a visit”
  1. spellingcopfather says: Mar 30, 2012 9:21 AM

    Another body wont hurt!!!

  2. racerx1225 says: Mar 30, 2012 9:24 AM

    Would really be a feather in McKenzie’s cap if he can get this guy.

  3. joetoronto says: Mar 30, 2012 9:24 AM

    The Raiders don’t need a pass rushing LB, they need a run stopping LB.

    It looks like this guy fits the bill.

  4. sullijo1 says: Mar 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    Phillip – please speak with Carlos Rogers before you make a decision.

  5. 561bengal says: Mar 30, 2012 9:43 AM

    LOL!!! Raiders.

  6. paleandpasty says: Mar 30, 2012 9:46 AM

    Actually the Dolphins will be running less 3-4 looks next season. They played a 3-4 last year and are switching to a hybrid 4-3, 3-4 defense with even some 4-6.

  7. raiderstotheship says: Mar 30, 2012 10:15 AM

    Let’s go get him Reggie! A guy that can battle a rook for the starting spot and if he loses just adds more depth

  8. raiders757 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:29 AM

    561Bengal, maybe you should worry about your sad sack pathetic team before you go pointing fingers at others. One good season and you guys act like your the world champions. The Raiders could suck for ten more years and still be more relevant than the Bengals ever were or ever will be. The Bengals are the doormat for the entire NFL.

  9. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Mar 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    The Raiders don’t need a pass rusher. Houston, Shaunessey, Bryant, Kelly, and Big Sey will provide enough pressure. Run stopping has been their biggest weakness for years.

  10. bragerber says: Mar 30, 2012 11:27 AM

    I don’t know why they say he’s more of a run stopper…he has great pass rushing skills that the Colts NEVER realized in their crappy cover 2, 15 yrd cushion, use the smallest players you can find defense. I was hoping the Colts would retain him. I’m so happy we have a competent coach now!

  11. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 30, 2012 11:28 AM

    sign him!

  12. radrntn says: Mar 30, 2012 12:10 PM

    Go Reggie, Go Raiders!

  13. lbraiders says: Mar 30, 2012 12:42 PM

    Get it done Reggie raider nation baby

  14. rastaraider says: Mar 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    Mike Goodson traded from Panthers to Raiders for Undisclosed draft pick

  15. raidadon says: Mar 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    Mr.Wheeler take this opportunity to play for the All World Oakland Raiders!!!

  16. 4ever19 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:34 PM

    Just a guy. Out of position a lot. Fast to the ball, but the ball isn’t where he thinks it is a lot of the time.

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