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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.

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  1. spellingcopfather says: Mar 30, 2012 11:12 PM

    OK pick up, welcome to the black hole Wheeler!!!

  2. socalraider909 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:15 PM

    Good sign Reggie keep them coming

  3. lbraiders says: Mar 30, 2012 11:27 PM

    In Reggie we trust raider nation baby

  4. rastaraider says: Mar 30, 2012 11:30 PM

    I love this pick up

    can’t wait to see him in that silver n black

  5. nubian21 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:37 PM

    Reggie drive on! The Raider Nation here’s you loud and clear!

  6. sergio408 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:37 PM

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

  7. 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.

  8. mullman7675 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:40 PM

    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.

  9. rastaraider says: Mar 30, 2012 11:44 PM

    Can’t wait to see him in that silver and black

  10. djcologne says: Mar 31, 2012 12:03 AM

    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!

  11. talkintrashallday says: Mar 31, 2012 12:04 AM

    THIS GUY IS GARBAGE!! lol if you’re saying “good pickup” then you must not have seen this guy get man-handled in the box.
    Jim Irsay: “he’s ALL Yours!!!”

  12. RaiderMight says: Mar 31, 2012 12:29 AM

    Nice pick up!

  13. precisionpirate says: Mar 31, 2012 12:30 AM

    You know the more this offseason progresses I cant but help notice how we are operating like a normal franchise…Reggie = Relevence

  14. louiebills says: Mar 31, 2012 12:37 AM

    Downfall has begun!!!

  15. piratesofthecoliseum says: Mar 31, 2012 12:40 AM

    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!!!

  16. raiderinva says: Mar 31, 2012 12:44 AM

    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 !!!!!

  17. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 31, 2012 12:44 AM

    Can’t cover or tackle

  18. raidernation4life says: Mar 31, 2012 12:51 AM

    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!!!

  19. hannahsdaddy says: Mar 31, 2012 1:06 AM

    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.

  20. lilcuzzy says: Mar 31, 2012 1:09 AM

    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.

  21. westcoastraider says: Mar 31, 2012 2:14 AM

    I agree good pick up… If anything else its much needed depth

  22. raiderredleg says: Mar 31, 2012 6:22 AM

    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.

  23. joetoronto says: Mar 31, 2012 6:26 AM

    Good work, Reggie. Once a Raider, always a Raider.

  24. philvil41 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:47 AM

    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.

  25. masterblaster78 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:39 AM

    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.

  26. jmclarkent says: Mar 31, 2012 7:52 AM

    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.

  27. raidernut says: Mar 31, 2012 8:17 AM

    Like where Reggie is going, considering what cap room he has to work with…..

  28. jgrange says: Mar 31, 2012 9:13 AM

    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.

  29. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 31, 2012 9:56 AM

    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.

  30. raiderstotheship says: Mar 31, 2012 10:18 AM

    Good move reg, a run stuffing olb that has starting experience!

  31. raider17 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:23 AM

    Reggie Reggie Reggie!

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

  32. racerx1225 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    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.

  33. racerx1225 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    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.

  34. sweetcheekssourdough says: Mar 31, 2012 10:43 AM

    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!

  35. radrntn says: Mar 31, 2012 11:09 AM

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

  36. meytonpanning says: Mar 31, 2012 11:24 AM

    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.

  37. raiderapologist says: Mar 31, 2012 11:41 AM

    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.

  38. 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.

  39. steviekthr3e says: Mar 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    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

  40. humboldt420 says: Mar 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    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?

  41. raider17 says: Mar 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    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!!!

  42. despinosa8 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:02 PM

    I would like to see more depth at DL, LB and, DB. Im not sold one bit on our D

  43. raiderapologist says: Mar 31, 2012 4:21 PM

    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.

  44. raiderapologist says: Mar 31, 2012 7:38 PM

    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.

  45. spinmovr says: Apr 1, 2012 12:47 AM

    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.

  46. silvernblak says: Apr 3, 2012 6:17 PM

    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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