The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. Wheeler was selected in third round of the 2008 draft by the Indianapolis Colts, out of Georgia Tech.
Last season with the Colts he had a career high in tackles in 11 starts with 84 and had one sack and forced a fumble. Wheeler would replace linebacker Kamerion Wimbley that left an empty space on the Raiders defense upon his departure, during the free agent frenzy he signed Tennessee Titans.
Last week the Raiders seemed to show some interest in Manny Lawson but he resigned with the Bengals earlier in the week. Wheeler is a talented young 27 year old 6-2 245 pound linebacker capable of filling the missing puzzle to the Raiders defense rather quickly.
Raiders now are able to fill-in the gap at linebacker with an exiting young pass rusher. Providing Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver more powerful tools to work with on the defensive side of the ball.