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.
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.