Raiders sign Philip Wheeler

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On Friday, free-agent linebacker Philip Wheeler visited the Raiders.  He apparently liked what he saw.

The team announced that Wheeler has signed a contract to join the silver and black.

“We’re excited to add another veteran to complement our talented linebacking group,”
Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie said in a release. “He gives us a lot of athleticism and versatility.  He’s a player that can do a lot of things.”

A third-round pick in 2008, Wheeler spent four seasons with the Colts.  He started for the team in Super Bowl XLIV.

46 responses to “Raiders sign Philip Wheeler

  1. Good Friday for the Raiders pickup RB/KR Mike Goodson & LB Phillip Wheeler great pickups by Reggie Mc!!!!!

  2. The Raiders are going to plug the hole left by the release of Wimbley with a career back up? It’s going to be a long season in Oakland. The Raiders are going to struggle to stay out of last place in the division.

  3. Solid player, minimum risk. Big Reg is taking care of business. The Raiders have a nice core of players on both sides of the ball. If they can add discipline and consistency they will make some noise.

  4. 5-oh, knows the strength of Raider Nation….you’ll fully understand it when he reveals why he signed. Stat-wise P was ranked in the top percentile of SAM backers in the entire league…unfortunately for P (as is the case w/ a number of talented Raider players) he did not play on an AFC Championship calibre team and get the individual credit he deserved. You will not be disappointed Raider Nation….he’s excited and fired up! Just Win Baby…yeah that’s right…it STILL means something!

  5. Seems like another solid pickup by Reggie! 11 starts in 13 games last year with 84 tackles, a sack & a forced fumble, I’m sure he’ll fit right into DA’s plan on D!!! GO RAIDERS!!!

  6. Do you get the feeling that McKenzie has set the stock pot to simmer and great things are going to start to boil from deep down under?

    I am a strong supporter of Al Davis and will not defile the decisions that he may have made to generate the current state of the Raiders as a whole right now. However I do have to believe that a 60 year old Al Davis would flash a devilish grin at the forward steps that are being taken right now. (Only missing the signing of an older cast off player)

    RAIDER ON !!!!!

  7. I love to see the not so flashy signings, costing us a ton in cap space. Hopefully we are finding solid players who will produce and not just sign their contract and run off with the Raiders’ cash!!!

  8. Reggie is doing great given the dumpster fire he inherited. Anyone who “grades” his offseason lower than a B probably has an anti-Raider agenda. Given the constraints, he’s doing awesome.

  9. Great signing, this guy can play, hes consistant, disciplined & tough. I think he will thrive in Dennis Allen’s defense. I actually wish we signed him to a deal with more years. For the money we have available though this was a great move. All McKenzies movies have come in twos. Cya Bruce Campbell.

  10. Wheeler and Goodsen are both good pickups.

    While neither will replace K. Wimbley or M. Bush as far as production, they do provide depth and are improvements over the players they actually replaced (G.Groves/T. Scott and Rock Cartwright respectively) and are a heck of alot more inexpensive than Wimbley or Bush.

    Draft will now be critical as the defense is full of holes at this point at DT, OLB, CB with a veteran backup QB and more depth at WR/RB still a huge problem.

    HUGER believer in Reggie, but need a home run type draft/remaining offseason to stay in the hunt for the AFC West this year. Can’t waste Carson Palmer’s most productive remaining years (2 to 4 years max) on rebuilding.

  11. I get the feeling the entire NFL is going to be praising Reggie McKenzie after a few years in Oakland.He will be known as one of, if not the best GM’s in the league.

  12. Great move and cheap. Hope everyone meshes and plays together as a “team.” He’s going to be a great replacement. Maybe he can show McClain how to play to his potential.

  13. I know a lot of folks are upset about Oakland’s offseason, but I like the idea of a “Moneyball” approach this year.

    They have very limited resources, so making a few calculated, low-risk acquisitions to field the roster makes a lot of sense.

  14. As a Raiders fan, it’s strange to see them not making big splashes any more and I think adjusting to that is kind of difficult right now. All of the moves Reggie has made make 100% sense. There are no risks really being taken. He gave up Bruce Campbell who has done nothing for a back up RB who is multi talented and can spell DMC. Wheeler is a LB who can stay in his gap and not get creative. He will stick to the gameplan which is what the Raiders need. They need disciplined players who do not freelance whenever they feel like it. I have a feeling Aaron Curry is going to reinvent himself as he’s already showing a tremendous amount of passion since joining the Raiders.

    They are scouting for the bigger weaknesses through the draft, even if they have limited picks to work with. They have 5 picks if done intelligently could end up starting or producing at some point.

    Palmer will have the time to learn the offense, the overall team needs to stay healthier, and if the defense can improve at least 5 rankings in team defense from last year then the Raiders should be on the cuff for challenging for the division and/or Wild Card, imo. It has been too long to guarantee anything at this point but the offense looks explosive and we have to hope (the fans) the defense improves for us to have a shot.

  15. Reggie’s doing a good job working with the mess Al left behind. Things are starting to look “normal” and sensible with Raiders aproach to free-agency. Hopefully, the common sense continues with the draft. It would be nice not to cringe with each draft pick. Things are looking up.

  16. They were on the cuff. IN fact all they had to do was win the last game and they were in the playoffs.

    The losses to Buiffalo and Detroit are completely the defense’s fault and I think Bresnahan’s impact was to keep us out of the playoffs. The sole determining factor to our not making theplayoffs was Bresnahan being there with DMac getting injured being 2nd and Campbell’s injury 3rd.

  17. What mean by that is the Defense’s collapse and total failure at the end of those 2 games cost us the playoffs. Blame the players, blame Bresnahan blame who you want, I think it was Bresnahan’s fault.

  18. i like the model, good stock value, guys that guy 3 to 6 years in the league, all still young with expierence, still have upside, and signed for good money for both…no more paying for guys who did not produce for what they were paid.

    I like guys that are there to play, don’t need to be in the spotlight, and all share the common goal, JUST WIN BABY!

  19. raiders wheeling and dealing, and now signing another player…love the lastest additions Reggie….keep em coming……

  20. Very underrated outside linebacker. Fast, good in zone coverage, could probably be a good match up for some of the premier tight ends in this league like Jimmy Graham or Gronk.

  21. humb0lt says: Mar 30, 2012 11:40 PM

    The Raiders are going to plug the hole left by the release of Wimbley with a career back up? It’s going to be a long season in Oakland. The Raiders are going to struggle to stay out of last place in the division.

    Wishful thinking. If it wasn’t for the Chiefs every team in the West would have struggled to stay out of last place last season.

  22. It this guy would have signed anywhere else in the AFC West all the Raider Fans would be on her saying this guy sucks, so funny how that works for you guys.

  23. its nice to have a starting role filled. ive honestly never heard of this guy.

    ill expect the worst and hope for the best. im not gonna get a rise out of a “solid” player.

    as big of a fan i am of oaktown, i know we’ll be taking a step back short-term for the health of the long-term

    signing an average LB is not going to change the current in the ocean

  24. The Raiders defense was atrocious last season and still, the team went 8-8 and was on the doorstep of the playoffs.

    Reggie McKenzie and company realized this and are rebuilding the D. Last season’s effort was downright pathetic.

    The good thing? It can’t get any worse and the signing of Wheeler, an underrated run stopper — Pro Football Focus ranked him the 12th best LB against the run — can only improve the D.

    Wimbley was excellent off the edge as a pass rusher, but what the Raiders D needs is a run stuffing crew. Oakland’s defensive line can generate enough pass rush.

    Oh and Humbolt, I see you’ve once again picked up the meth pipe instead of sticking with the grass, eh?

  25. trubroncfan07 says:Mar 31, 2012 11:44 AM

    It this guy would have signed anywhere else in the AFC West all the Raider Fans would be on her saying this guy sucks, so funny how that works for you guys.

    ———————————————————
    Peyton Manning Sucks!!!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  26. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:44 AM

    It this guy would have signed anywhere else in the AFC West all the Raider Fans would be on her saying this guy sucks, so funny how that works for you guys.

    Most Raider fans don’t pay much attention to other teams in the West filling out their rosters. It’s trolls like trubroncfan07 and humd0lt that seem to be obsessed with everything Silver and Black.

  27. humb0lt says: Mar 30, 2012 11:40 PM

    The Raiders are going to plug the hole left by the release of Wimbley with a career back up?

    I’m not a member of the Wheeler fan club, but a quick glance showed he started 11 games last season. Once again, humpd0lt proves he’s not only annoying, but uninformed.

  28. Love how all the folks who don’t know the Raiders are chiming in on what this signing means. We had no productive outside linebackers until Aaron Curry got to town. Wheeler can come in and get beat and look lost and miss tackles and it’ll be no different than what we got out of Wimbley and Groves.

    The bet here is that Wheeler can shed blockers and stay in his gap as a natural OLB whereas Wimbley and Groves were routinely shoved around and bit on every single fake an offense would throw at them.

    Y’all don’t understand how well our O-line covered for our offense which covered for our bad defense in ’11. Yet we still went 8-8. I still don’t believe we won that Houston game the day after Al died. I was sure Schaub connected for a touchdown on that last play of the game.

  29. Beautiful sign Reggie!!! This guy has something to prove and when a player puts on the Silver N Black that other teams feel are all washed up, they end up in the pro bowl..How many times a have we seen it? When players get here they feeeeeel the love and admiration and support of the black hole’s presence and they cant help but play better then they ever have. We have heard it from so many past players including the late great Jerry Rice and how many others? See you in the playoffs and we got yer back Reggie!!!! Just win Baby!!!!

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