Originally published on SBReport.net on March 17, 2013
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has made it quite clear that he needed to address the linebacker position as he has signed his third new linebacker in the last week, making three of his five free agents signed of the linebacker variety.
McKenzie was forced to make the linebacker position a need with Philip Wheeler becoming too expensive and signing with the Miami Dolphins, and large letdown middle linebacker Rolando McClain most likely getting released.
Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett is the newest linebacker to sign with the Raiders, joining Kaluka Maiava and Nick Roach as the newest linebackers. Burnett joins his brother Kaelin who is already on the Raiders roster.
The 30-year-old Califnornia native has started 16 games in each of his last two seasons with the Dolphins, racking up 109 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season in Miami.
Mr. McKenzie seems to have made the plan of finding linebackers in free agency and seems to be hoping to find some corners and defensive linemen either on the cheap or from the draft.