Raiders agree to terms with ex-Colts LB Wheeler

Posted March 31, 2012 @ 2:45 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Raiders reached agreement Friday on a one-year contract with former Colts free-agent LB Philip Wheeler.

Wheeler visited Oakland on Thursday and agreed to a deal the next day.

"We're excited to add another veteran to complement our talented linebacking group," general manager Reggie McKenzie said. "He gives us a lot of athleticism and versatility. He's a player that can do a lot of things."

Wheeler, who spent four seasons in Indianapolis, played in 13 games last season, recording 80 tackles and one sack.

The way we see it

Wheeler becomes the favorite to start at strong-side linebacker for Oakland, which had released pass-rushing OLB Kamerion Wimbley earlier this offseason. Wheeler is not considered the pass rusher that Wimbley is, but he’s a better run defender than Wimbley.