Nov 17, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Chase Thomas (44) against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Claim LB-Chase Thomas Off Waivers

Along with the addition of an offensive lineman, the Oakland Raiders have added a defensive piece to the puzzle.  General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced today that the Raiders have claimed undrafted free agent linebacker Chase Thomas via waivers.  Thomas was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints in April, but the team waived him on Monday.

The 6′ 3″, 241-pound, linebacker appeared in 52 games over four seasons at Stanford (47 starts).  He recorded 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.  During his senior year, Thomas finished second on the team with 71 tackles, tied for second with 14.5 tackles for loss, had 7.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.  He was an All-PAC 12 first-team choice for the second-consecutive season.  Thomas played under Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver at Stanford in 2011.

It’s obvious that the Raiders are going to make the most out of finding the offensive and defensive diamonds in the rough during the latter portion of the pre-season.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see more acquisitions as the team nears the first roster cut-down period.  With injuries to Kaluka Maiava and Miles Burris, the Raiders are trying to back-fill some of the linebacker positions with young and hungry players.  There are no guarantees for Thomas, but at least he will have another shot at making an NFL roster this year.

It’s no surprise that the Raiders brought in an offensive lineman, especially after the lackluster play against the New Orleans Saints.  There’s a good chance the Raiders will bring in some more.  As always, with roster additions come waived/released players.  Injured kicker Eddie Carmona and injured tackle John Wetzel were released in order to make room for the new additions.

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  • Mark Shafer

    Sorry to see Eddie Carmona go. I always enjoy Watching Seabass stand around the sideline while some one else does the kicking. Lets face it, another hungry man in camp makes more sense.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yep, but when you ink Seabass to a 5 year deal, there is no room for another kicker. It will be interesting to see if Thomas can find himself a spot on the roster so close to the first roster cuts coming next week.

  • Bubba W

    I am just worried that the Raiders are going to churn the bottom half of the roster like last year and lose a lot of promising young players by thinking other teams cast offs are better than what is currently on the roster. I understand signings because of injuries but otherwise the the lack of continuity will hinder the special teams with new players always coming and going. Last year it really showed.

  • Bob Yost

    Exactly Shane. They just locked Seabass down for what will likely be the remainder of his playing career, so it makes sense to let Carmona try to find a gig with another team,… he’s actually pretty good!! I hope he catches on somewhere,… as long as it’s not with some team that he will kick one from 42 to beat us as the clock runs out!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Truly. I would hate for him to be with an AFC West opponent.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I totally agree with you on the special teams aspect, but we definitely need to bring in some o-linemen. Maybe even an edge rusher or two for the defense. Thomas made sense from the aspect that he had been on the Raiders radar from before the draft. Once he was let go, it was a no brainer that Jason Tarver wanted his guy there to try out. He is a very good hybrid player (D-Line/Linebacker). He’s a lot like a Kameron Wimbley, Ryan Kerrigan, or JJ Watt type of player.