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The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent LB LaMarr Woodley, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Thursday.
Woodley has spent the previous seven years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and helped the team win Super Bowl XLIII. Selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009, Woodley has played in 94 games with 81 starts and totaled 355 tackles (258 solo), 57 sacks, nine forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 15 passes defensed. His 57 sacks rank seventh on the Steelers’ all-time sack list and he has recorded 16 games of at least 1.5 sacks.
In 2013, Woodley started 11 games for Pittsburgh before being placed on the reserve/injured list with a calf injury on Dec. 17. He totaled 41 tackles (28 solo), five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed before his season was cut short.
In 2009, Woodley posted his best season as a pro, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in the process. He started all 16 games and posted 84 tackles (62 solo), a career-high and team-leading 13.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed. He finished the season with 11.5 sacks over his final eight games. The previous season, Woodley played a key role in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl run, totaling 19 tackles (13 solo) and leading the NFL with six sacks in the postseason.
The Saginaw, Mich. native was originally selected by the Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan. At Michigan, Woodley became the first Michigan player ever to win the Lombardi Trophy as the nation’s lineman in college football as well as the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end.