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Former Colts LB Philip Wheeler visited the Raiders today for a workout. He is a 4 year veteran and former 3rd round pick by Indianapolis. He has played in 61 games and started 24 including starting 11 last season for Indianapolis.
Wheeler is 27 years old and is listed as being 6'2" and 245 lbs. He played mostly weakside linebacker which was Raiders' Aaron Curry's position last year but it's likely he could fit in at strongside for the Raiders. He does have good quickness to play against a TE and did show some blizting abilities in college at Georgia Tech.
If signed, Wheeler fits what the Raiders are doing this offseason which is to find players that have good upside and can contribute as a role player without being too expensive.
According to Raiders beat writer Vittorio Tafur, respected website Pro Football Focus rated Wheeler 12th among all outside linebackers last season.
Wheeler has already met with Miami on 3/23/12. That he hasn't accepted a contract from them by now either means one hasn't been extended or he wasn't happy with the terms. He did mention in a tweet that he was considering taking his talents to South Beach which likely means that an offer was made, it just didn't blow him away.
Wheeler started 11 games last season and played in 13 total. He had 84 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 2011.
For the Raiders only S Tyvon Branch (109) and MLB Rolando McClain (99) had more than Wheeler's 84 tackles last season.
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The Oakland Raiders will be hosting Philip Wheeler on Thursday at the team facility in Alameda. The news on Wheeler’s visit was first reported by Jason La Canfora via Twitter. Wheeler also visited Miami on Saturday. Philip Wheeler was a third round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts back in 2008. In his 4 years [...]
Free agent linebacker Phillip Wheeler announced on his Twitter page that he was heading to Oakland to visit with the Raiders.
The 27 year-old Wheeler has been playing for the Indianapolis Colts for the past four seasons, and put up some nice numbers in 2011 with 84 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.
Wheeler would help the Raiders add depth at linebacker, as well as participate on special teams.
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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal.
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The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent Philip Wheeler on Friday to fill their void at starting outside linebacker.
Wheeler visited the Raiders on Thursday and agreed to the deal a day later.
Wheeler played 13 games for Indianapolis last season, making 80 tackles and recording one sack. He played four seasons overall with the Colts with 182 tackles...