The Raiders spent Tuesday losing players by their choice and to the offers of others, but they’re starting to work on getting some players to make their way to the team.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that defensive tackle Pat Sims is now visiting with the team in Oakland. Sims would help fill the holes created by Desmond Bryant signing with the Browns on Tuesday and Richard Seymour becoming a free agent with little expectation of return. Sims’ injury history in recent years with the Bengals suggests he can’t be the entire plan for the Raiders up front, but he’s a useful piece for the run defense.
As for Roach, Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that he is also meeting with the team. He could fit as an outside linebacker or as a replacement for Rolando McClain in the middle, a position several teams thought that Roach could handle for them. There’s been word that the Bears are also interested in holding onto Roach, although there hasn’t been much on that front since free agency officially got underway.
It’s the first reported visit for both players.