The Oakland Raiders and Rolando McClain are headed for a divorce. Why that has happened yet is anyone’s guess. But at this point the only real surprise would be seeing McClain in training camp. So naturally Reggie McKenzie needs to find a new man in the middle.
Enter Nick Roach.
Undrafted out of Northwestern, Roach is a made man in the NFL having become a fixture as a starting linebacker for the Chicago Bears over the years. However it was his move to playing middle linebacker in place of the injured Brian Urlacher than ultimately made McKenzie pursue the services of Roach.
Last season saw the Raiders rely on Omar Gaither who was pulled off the scrap heap once McClain’s season went south. In Roach the Raiders have a proven vet that still has plenty in the tank. They also add even more versatility a common theme amongst the defensive signings made thus far.
Dennis Allen spoke of utilizing multiple fronts on defense but that never truly came to be no thanks to personnel he inherited in his first season. With men like Roach in the mix DA will be able to open up the full defensive playbook which will hopefully carry the results from the end of last season into the start of the next one.