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Raiders sign free agent Nick Roach

  • FILE - This 2012 file photo shows Nick Roach of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. The Oakland Raiders have signed former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach to a free-agent deal to bolster their depleted defense. Roach's agent, Josh Wright, confirmed the deal on Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders found the replacement for disappointing former first-round pick Rolando McClain, agreeing to a free-agent contract on Friday with former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach.

Roach's agent, Josh Wright, confirmed the two sides agreed to the deal. Roach is the second linebacker signed by Oakland this week, following a three-year, $6 million deal given to Kaluka Maiava on Wednesday.

Maiava is expected to replace Philip Wheeler, who left to sign a five-year, $26 million deal with Miami earlier this week. The deal with Roach fills the hole in the middle created by McClain's disappointing play.

McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, has been mostly a disappointment in Oakland. He struggled during his first two years and then clashed with coach Dennis Allen and his staff last season. McClain had his role significantly reduced last season and then was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

He did not play after the suspension, playing the role of a scout team running back in practice instead. McClain is not expected back next season. Omar Gaither stepped in for McClain last year but is currently a free agent.


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