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.