NFL free agent tracker: Kevin Burnett signs with Oakland Raiders

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Oakland made an effort to bolster by signing veteran linebacker Kevin Burnett.

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with outside linebacker Kevin Burnett, according to

The ex-San Diego Charger and most recently Miami Dolphin was cut in order to make room for seemingly every high-priced free agent on the market, giving the Raiders a chance to scoop him up. Ironically, he will be filling the void left by Philip Wheeler, who left for Miami.

Last season, Burnett showed up in a big way, making 110 tackles to set a new career-high.

The 30-year-old has been improving steadily every year since 2008, his last with the Dallas Cowboys. Burnett's tackle totals have increased annually while his sack totals have been respectable for a 4-3 linebacker, registering anywhere from two to six sacks in that span.

Burnett comes into a major rebuilding situation and is certainly going to be leaned upon by second-year head coach Dennis Allen to help the youngsters along. The linebacking core is unsettled, with rumors flying that the troubled first-round pick Rolando McClain is going to be cut any day.

That release will give a clear picture of the new starting trio at linebacker: Burnett, Nick Roach and Miles Burris.

Burris is the best Oakland 'backer remaining on the team along with Burnett. As a rookie, Burris really flashed potential making 96 tackles and an interception. Roach comes over from the Chicago Bears, where he played inside in a 4-3 scheme, spelling Brian Urlacher much of last season.

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