Raiders Free Agency Profile: Nick Roach

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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.

Topics: Free Agency, Nick Roach, Oakland Raiders

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  • Raider Grant

    This guy did so much for the bears, expect him to do great things for the raiders……NOT

  • Rich Gannon’s ghost

    You are nothing but a hater….You are not worthy of being a fan or using “Raider” in your name….Stop hating like a lil ol’ bitch and become a Broncos fan where you would fit in perfect. That is all.

  • Raider Grant

    I hate & love, but unfortunately all we can do is hate currently. I’m a third generation die hard Raider Nation fanatic, so F the Broncos & Rich Gannon is a ghost cause he blew the most important game of his life! Enough said!

  • Raider Grant

    Sounds like you know all bout being a Bronco fan. I bleed silver & black, but doesnt mean I have to agree with all the bull shit. Believe me ill be the the person cheering the loudest once I have something to cheer about. Raider Nation from day one to end game. MUCH LOVE RAIDER NATION!

  • Rich Gannon’s ghost

    Oh, I didn’t realize Being a big fan and bleeding silver & black meant you are supposed to talk shiz about your team’s free agent pickups and basically spread negativity on every news post. You must be clairvoyant since you have already deemed all these signing as busters, buster. And you know you were loving Rich Gannon when he was our quarterback and we had one of the best offenses in the league. Admit it you secret Bronco lover.

  • Raider Grant

    I do admit I was loving that high powered offense & that was how long ago? You keep bringing up the Broncos, guess your kind of partial to em. I understand the big picture & know we still require serious rebuilding to get back to being a competitive franchise. You can talk smack all you want, but why don’t you post that the free agents signed are going to be saviors of Raider Nation . Well there not! their Bodies to fill voids left from our free agents being signed by other teams. I do love my team & have sounded like a little bitch as of late. My post last night came from anger & one too many beers. For that im sorry, but know Mr. McKenzie is making the the necessary moves to get this team back competitively. I just need some patients Bro & love my team & once again F the broncos !

  • Rich Gannon’s ghost

    Despite the many losing seasons we have had and many draft busts we have endured, I still feel optimism for this team every year. Like many of the fans, I am disappointed everytime one of the players we’ve had and seen potential in (like DHB, asomugha, Zack Miller, Philip Wheeler, Desmond Bryant and many more) leaves us and gets replaced with unknowns but the current regime are not the ones that put us in this cap situation, and it seems like steps are finally being taken to make us a more modern, solid team soon. Like you claim, I have been a Raiders fan for many years, but no matter how bad the season goes or how many dumb moves are made I don’t turn against my team and basically write off the season 5 months before it has even started.

  • Rich Gannon’s ghost

    Well we can agree that the problems we are facing were caused by the people in power previously. I don’t know if any of these new guys will be great additions, just as you couldn’t possibly know that they will be busters. But last year no one really thought much about signing philip wheeler, and look how he turned out. Philip adams came in and eventually played well near the end of the season. Andre Carter played well also. I am actually a little excited to see some of these lesser known guys play, and see what they are capable of. I hear ya about too many beers and venting your anger, A couple of those games from the 2011 season (when we actually had a chance to make the playoffs) had me so pissed at our defense, especially our secondary, I had to turn off the game.

  • Raider Grant

    My frustration & anger should not of been aimed at our new acquisitions ,but at the fact it hurts to see good players like wheeler, myers, & bryant go . Im excited to see how things shake out & will always & only stand by The Raiders when it comes to football. my grandpa &I would argue constantly about what the raiders need when it came to personnel. In his day we could throw a Motley Crue of guys together & still kick ass,but in today’s NFL its more advance then just filling voids. I’m just glad things are slowly going to turn around & hope one day soon to be dancing in the street with happiness! Just win baby!