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LaMarr Woodley headed to Oakland on two-year deal

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The Raiders have added yet another accomplished veteran pass rusher.

The club has reached a two-year contract with ex-Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

The deal is worth as much as $12 million, Schefter reported.

The 29-year-old Woodley recorded 57 sacks in seven seasons with the Steelers (2007-2013). Pittsburgh released him on Tuesday.

Woodley could project to defensive end in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme. It’s also possible he could play strong-side linebacker on run downs and defensive end on passing downs.

Durability will be the key for the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Woodley, who ranked No. 61 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. He has missed 14 regular season games in the last three seasons.

News of Woodley’s addition comes on the same day the Raiders reached a deal with Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

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  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    The faiders are still laughable.SKOL

  2. voice0freasonn says: Mar 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    Dear God please let him stay healthy and be motivated to play Amen

  3. readysethike says: Mar 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    good solid signing.

  4. thepftpoet says: Mar 13, 2014 6:41 PM

    What a pathetic signing.

    Meanwhile the Vikings just signed the best slot cornerback in the NFL in Captain Munnerlyn for a bargain contract!

  5. kazkal says: Mar 13, 2014 6:41 PM

    Going to be a tight race in the AFC North for who finish’s last.

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2014 6:41 PM

    The Raiders are assembling a great defense! For Madden 2008! #CommitmenttoLOLence

  7. bearwithjetpack says: Mar 13, 2014 6:41 PM

    I would demand to be overpaid too if I had to go to Oakland.

  8. thevza says: Mar 13, 2014 6:48 PM

    These are two great pickups, Oakland – is what I would have said back in 2009.

  9. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 6:49 PM

    With Justin Tuck and Lamar Woodley the Raiders now have three Superbowl championship titles under their belt. If they bring back Charles Woodson they have four…

    I know they’re not the flashiest signings but these are the kinds of signings that win Superbowls.

  10. raidermike34 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:50 PM

    We replaced Houston and Hunter with Tuck and Woodley.. just need a couple of DT’s and we set before the draft!

  11. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 6:50 PM

    Tuck and Woodley… Our defense just got ten times better before they even step on the field.

  12. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 6:52 PM

    Yess!!! Bring back Woodson and we might actually have a competent defense next year.

  13. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 6:52 PM

    These pick ups only matter if Reggie gets a bunch of young guys under them to learn from them and go beast mode.

  14. wienerpop says: Mar 13, 2014 6:54 PM

    Poor old woodley will wear out in a defense on the field for 70% of the game

  15. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:57 PM

    Lets hope he doesnt fail his physical

  16. sfraider says: Mar 13, 2014 6:59 PM

    Tuck and Woodley > Houston and Hunter by a landslide. Thank goodness free agency isn’t only 2 days.

  17. Deb says: Mar 13, 2014 6:59 PM

    As noted in the article, durability has been the problem for Woodley in the last couple of years. Prior to that he was a beast. Glad to see he’s found a home, and hope he’ll be able to return to form for the Raiders. At his prime, he played with tremendous tenacity and heart. All the best, LaMarr!!

  18. tennesseetitan78 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:59 PM

    With them signing Tuck, I was hoping they would pass on him. He was scheduled to visit the titans next in which the word was they were gonna sign him. Oh well..

  19. Six Rings says: Mar 13, 2014 7:05 PM

    We’ve never made a mistake.

  20. grs27 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:07 PM

    Now that Woodley has signed a new deal, I look for him to stop exercising and start eating donuts again. It’s why he always gets hurt. He’s is a perfect player for the Raiders to Overpay.

  21. rastaraider says: Mar 13, 2014 7:11 PM

    Finally! … Keep it going

  22. aldavis4president says: Mar 13, 2014 7:12 PM

    The money we saved by not signing saffold can now go to slightly and in MY honest opinion over pay a tad to snag someone like raji, Melton or even Jared Allen, we have more than enough cap room, lets be aggressive and get some playmakers in here while we groom and pile up on top talent draftees!! I’m pretty excited about both of the signings even if they’re a bit on the older side. We saw what cwood did last year at 34! Cmon Reggie! Use Ur packed ties to steal raji! Woodley raji Melton tuck sounds good to me! #Raidernation!!

  23. wayneflores says: Mar 13, 2014 7:12 PM

    Could these be two more Richard Seymour signs? Worn out by time Raiders sign them? Big names, but not youngsters. Still have Champ Bailey out there, Hester, Graham, all three could be had for cheap, and better than players currently on Roster. There is Also Michael O,
    Raiders should sign them all. If they could get Matt Schaub from Texans also, they could complete roster in draft.

  24. souldogdave says: Mar 13, 2014 7:12 PM

    At least Reggie got a move on, thought he was gonna go duh till draft day.

  25. Jennifer says: Mar 13, 2014 7:13 PM

    good luck Lamarr. Appreciate the time in Pittsburgh

  26. raiderrob21 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:14 PM

    Tried to tell you….PATIENCE. Gonna sign good players with something to prove at the RIGHT PRICE. Now lets go get a couple CBs.


  27. wwrgesusd says: Mar 13, 2014 7:15 PM

    Just lose, baby!

  28. aldog83 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:18 PM

    2 yr deals will make Tuck and Woodley
    Perform for one more contract!

    Same for McFadden 1yr.

    These guys should perform.

    Or else they are done.

    And we are not wrecking the cap to sign these guys.


    But we need OL..CB…WR…and that minimal position QB!


  29. nastyn8770 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:21 PM

    Not an Oakland fan,but for getting in the free agency race so late they’ve actually brought in some pretty decent players.

  30. elwaysagenius says: Mar 13, 2014 7:21 PM

    Competence? From the Raiders..?

  31. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:23 PM

    Just wondering, including Santana H, Mike Wallace, James Harrison..when has a former Steelers player ever gone on to be worth a hoot somewhere else.

  32. badoglick says: Mar 13, 2014 7:34 PM

    It’s funny seeing Raiders fans excited for these signings. Most of us in Pittsburgh are happy to be rid of Woodley, and almost nobody except for the uninformed lowest common denominator of fans are upset that he was released. He was a lazy bum who dragged the rest of the defense down. Not only is he injury prone, but his injuries are due to his own laziness. Do some freaking calf raises and leg curls once in a while. They’re not that hard. Maybe you won’t pull your hamstring every other day.

  33. stupadassle26 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:48 PM

    Woodley was a beast. Hate to see him go. At least he’s not going to a competitive team

  34. csilojohnson says: Mar 13, 2014 7:51 PM

    Great. Now the raiders AND woodley will beat the steelers every year.

  35. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 13, 2014 7:52 PM

    The Raiders are NFL version of my Orioles. If you know anything about MLB you know what I’m talking about.

  36. slick50ks says: Mar 13, 2014 8:10 PM

    It looks like the fade are getting quite the group of guys together to play cards on the sidelines with McMarshmallow.

    I can see it now. “Free Cane and Walker night” at the old dump of a stadium.

    Get that money spent Big Reg, you Shrek lookin dude you.

  37. arrowdead says: Mar 13, 2014 8:24 PM

    CHIEFS FAN ALERT………nice job OAK.

    PS There is no sarcasm there.

  38. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 13, 2014 8:26 PM

    I like what this says…we want to win now!

    That’s what this says and I freakin like it!!!

    Now go get Vick, or Schaub and get our guys signed that we want to keep from 2013…

    As for the draft, that’s a no brainer…
    #1 Priority is O’ Line


  39. laxman1944 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:26 PM

    Dam I really like The Raiders but good lord.

    not one but two DE’s that are injury prone and clearly past their prime.

    Come on now Reggie!!

  40. sandy102270 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:28 PM

    Joe Flacco doesn’t think LaMarr Woodley will win a championship, and you can quote him on that.

  41. oneilistheone says: Mar 13, 2014 8:43 PM

    They reported on NFL Net this morning that Houston is keeping Schaub….Thank God!

    Get get Vick ,draft whomever we covet? and lets get on wit it.

  42. oneilistheone says: Mar 13, 2014 8:50 PM

    Rod Woodson SuperBowl with the Ravens,

    Plaxico Burress SuperBowl with Giants,

    Kevin Greene Probowler with Carolina.

    Those are just a few ex Steelers that come to mind who went on to do big thangs.

  43. babygaga19 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:51 PM

    Wait for it, here it comes…………………………………………………………………..

    “With Justin Tuck and Lamar Woodley the Raiders now have three Superbowl championship titles under their belt. If they bring back Charles Woodson they have four…

    I know they’re not the flashiest signings but these are the kinds of signings that win Superbowls.”

    Nation, you never fail to disappoint!

  44. bigblu73 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:08 PM

    As a Giants fan I have to say you got a total professional in JTuck! He’s a great locker room guy and will immediately help to change the culture of the Raiders. You can’t buy class and Tuck is class personified. He is also coming off of a 10+ sack season so its not like you’re hoping for a resurgence of talent. A lot of folks talk smack about McKenzie but he obviously did a great job in Green Bay! After getting out from underneath their previous cap situation you can see he is a shroud, competent businessman. He isn’t spending frivolously and he’s making a conscious effort to not just bring in talent, but also proven championshipd pedigree. Getting Woodley and bringing back DMac on the cheap were both good prudent moves. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the Raiders will require a massive rebuild but atleast give ’em credit for moving in the right direction.

  45. nativeraider says: Mar 13, 2014 9:09 PM

    Good signings for the Raiders. Now im hoping we could sign G Joseph, spend Saffolds money on C Alex Mack, Melton, Tillman or Browner, maybe Nicks or Steve Smith and draft Mack or Watkins. Also resign Woodson and Sims.

  46. robgilman says: Mar 13, 2014 10:48 PM

    Great signings today. Solid players, good price tags, with championships and veteran leadership.

    Glad we nixed the Saffold trade. Would have been a bust signing. Keep beefing up the O-line and D-line, hopefully Incognito can come in cheap. Happy with drafting Robinson or Matthews.

    Let’s get Hatcher and a free agent corner, then Oakland starts looking like a team. These vets mixing in with all the young talent seems like a pretty good direction

  47. mr4thand1 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:14 AM

    Best of luck to you, Wood. I enjoyed watching you play……”Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!”

  48. eddiek77 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:04 AM

    Think about everything you *wouldn’t* want as a coach of your football team, and you have Lamarr Woodley. Maybe he’ll become the ultimate player in Oakland but more than likely, he’ll be the cancer in the locker room he was in Pittsburgh.
    Take the money and trot, Lamarr. You’re good for that.

  49. omniusprime says: Mar 14, 2014 9:56 AM

    Did the Raiders bring Woodley on to keep McFadden company riding the pine when they’re injured? I hope this deal works out well for the Raiders but I’m dubious about a player who is injury prone.

  50. tinbender2000 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:11 AM

    I like how right off the top on a Raider post two fans of the Semi-Pro Vikings chime in about how jealous they are. And then late in the morning Charger fans wake up and crawl out from the underpass to say their piece! Go Raiders!

  51. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    All people ever say is that the Steelers’ roster is either old and slow or untalented and worthless. Yet, here we are in the first week of free agency and 5 Steelers have already signed with new teams and another 2 or 3 are about to sign. Plus, fans of the teams that are making the signings are backing the signing. So either the trolls know nothing about the Steelers’ players at all or the front offices of these other teams know nothing about players at all. Which is it? Please enlighten me.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 14, 2014 1:27 PM

    After this signing I went back and watched the tape of their last game. No doubt this was already in the works, as Woodley tanked that game by biting on the QB run. He was clearly on the take.

    Either that or this signing was just a way to say Thank You for sucking that game.

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