Signed by San Diego Chargers as non-drafted free agent, May 5, 2007...Waived by Chargers, Sept. 1, 2007...Re-signed by Chargers to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2007...Signed by Chicago Bears from Chargers practice squad, Nov. 21, 2007...Re-signed by Bears, March 16, 2009...Re-signed by Bears as restricted free agent, April 19, 2010...Re-signed by Bears as unrestricted free agent, July 29, 2011...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Versatile, experienced linebacker has seen significant starting time at outside and inside linebacker…Played in 96 games with 75 starts over seven seasons…Has played in at least 14 games in six of his seven NFL seasons…Played in all 16 games in each of past two seasons, totaling 30 starts…Career totals include 9.0 sacks, 17 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
2013: Moved into starting role immediately in first season with Oakland, his first full season as a MLB...Started all 16 games and played every defensive snap...Set a career high with a team-leading 152 tackles (92 solo) and led all NFL MLBs with 5.5 sacks...Added first-career interception and a career-high five forced fumbles...(9/8) at Ind.: Started first game with Raiders at MLB...Led team with nine tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss...Stopped RB Vick Ballard for a 5-yard loss on a fourth-quarter pass play...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Started second-straight game at MLB...Notched five tackles (two)...(9/23) at Den.: Started at MLB and posted 11 tackles (seven)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Recorded a forced fumble, stripping the ball from TE Logan Paulsen following a 33-yard reception to give the Raiders possession on the Washington 42-yard line...Added eight tackles (three)...(10/6) vs. SD: Played every snap on defense, posting a career-high 16 tackles (eight)...Stripped the ball from RB Danny Woodhead in the third quarter, resulting in a fumble that was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Charles Woodson...On the very next series, dropped RB Ronnie Brown for a 3-yard loss...(10/13) at KC: Notched first sack of the season in the first quarter, sacking QB Alex Smith for a 10-yard loss on a third-and-12 play to force a Kansas City punt...Added eight tackles (seven)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Led team with 11 tackles (seven)...Credited with a pass defensed on a batted ball...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Posted six tackles (four), including second sack of the season...Got to QB Nick Foles for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter...(11/10) at NYG: Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (five)...(11/17) at Hou.: Recorded first career interception, picking off a pass from QB Case Keenum in the first quarter at the Houston 16-yard line to set up a Raiders touchdown...Credited with eight tackles (three)...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Recorded 1 1/2 sacks...Shared a sack with LB Kevin Burnett, getting to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter...Added a sack of Fitzpatrick in the second quarter, forcing a fumble and knocking the ball out of bounds...Also recorded a first-quarter tackle of TE Craig Stevens for a 1-yard loss...Totaled 11 tackles (six)...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted two sacks for 17 yards in losses, marking his second straight game with multiple sacks...Got to QB Tony Romo for a 10-yard loss in the first quarter, setting up a third-and-16 and an eventual punt...Sacked Romo again for a 7-yard loss on a third-and-6 play in the fourth quarter, stripping the quarterback and forcing a punt...Credited with a team-high 15 tackles (11), just one shy of his career best...(12/8) at NYJ: Dropped RB Bilal Powell for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter...Stripped RB Chris Ivory, forcing a fourth-quarter fumble...Racked up a team-high 10 tackles (nine)...Also credited with a pass defensed...(12/15) vs. KC: Tied for the team lead with six tackles (five)...(12/22) at SD: Notched 10 tackles (five)...(12/29) vs. Den.: Posted eight tackles (five).
2012: Played in 16 games with 14 starts, making 10 starts at strong-side linebacker and starting the final four games of the season at middle linebacker…Totaled a career-high 84 tackles (37 solo), 1.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…(9/9) vs. Ind.: Started second-straight season opener…Totaled three tackles (one) including one tackle for loss in a 41-21 win…(9/23) vs. StL: Recorded first sack since 2009, getting to QB Sam Bradford on a first-down play in the third quarter…(11/19) at SF: Shared a sack of RB Kendall Hunter with LB Lance Briggs, making the play as the running back was attempting a pass in the second quarter…(11/25) vs. Min.: Led team with seven tackles (five)…Made two key first-quarter plays on RB Adrian Peterson, stopping him for a 1-yard gain on the first possession of the contest and helping force an early punt, then forcing a Peterson fumble that was recovered by teammate Charles Tillman at the Minnesota 34-yard line and led to a touchdown drive…(12/9) at Min.: Made first career start at MLB in place of an injured Brian Urlacher…Racked up 10 tackles (three)…Dropped Peterson for a 1-yard loss on a third-down play, forcing a Viking punt in the first quarter…Also stopped Peterson for a 3-yard loss in the fourth quarter…(12/16) vs. GB: Recovered a third-quarter fumble by RB Ryan Grant at the Chicago 37-yard line, setting up a field-goal drive…(12/23) at Ari.: Set a career high with 14 tackles, eclipsing his previous career best of 12…Posted a tackle of RB William Powell for a 3-yard loss in the fourth quarter…(12/30) at Det.: Paced team with nine tackles (six)…Stopped RB Mikel Leshoure for no gain on the game’s first play from scrimmage…Credited with a second-quarter pass defensed on a third-down toss intended for WR Calvin Johnson, forcing a Lions punt.
2011: Matched career highs with 16 games played and 15 starts at strong-side linebacker…Credited with 61 tackles (26 solo), six tackles for loss and four passes defensed…(9/18) at NO: Totaled a season-high five tackles (four) and one pass defensed…Stopped RB Mark Ingram for a 4-yard loss on a second-and-1 play in the second quarter, helping to force a New Orleans field-goal attempt…(10/23) at TB: Totaled two solo tackles, including one tackle for loss…Also credited with two quarterback pressures and one pass defensed…Stopped RB Earnest Graham on a screen pass for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter…(11/13) vs. Det.: Recorded a career-high two passes defensed…(11/27) at Oak.: Posted four solo stops…Dropped RB Michael Bush for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter.
2010: Played in 15 games with six starts…Also played in two postseason contests…Started six of the final seven regular-season games…Credited with 11 tackles (four solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble…(11/18) at Mia.: Made first start of the season at SLB…Stopped RB Ricky Williams for no gain on a first-quarter play…(12/12) vs. NE: Recorded three tackles (two)…Credited with a pass defensed…(12/20) at Min.: Made consecutive tackles on RB Toby Gerhart on first two plays from scrimmage…Forced a fumble on a Gerhart reception deep in Chicago territory that was recovered by the Bears, halting a scoring threat…Postseason: (1/16/11) vs. Sea.: Made postseason debut and recorded two special teams tackles in NFC Divisional Playoff game…Made a solo stop of dangerous returner Leon Washington on game’s opening kickoff…Also stopped Washington on a first-quarter punt…(1/23/11) vs. GB: Assisted on a tackle in punt coverage in NFC Championship game…Play helped force a fumble that was recovered by Green Bay.
2009: Saw action in all 16 games for the first time in his career, making 15 starts…Started 12 games at SLB and three contests at MLB…Tied for the team lead with a career-high 10 tackles for loss…Recorded a career-high 82 tackles (47 solo), two sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Added nine tackles on special teams…(10/4) vs. Det.: Started at MLB, totaling seven tackles (six) and recording first-career sack…Also credited with a pass defensed…Stopped RB Kevin Smith for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter…Sacked QB Matthew Stafford on a second-and-9 play in the third quarter, helping force a Detroit punt…(10/25) at Cin.: Established a career high with 12 tackles (seven)…Assisted on a stop of RB Cedric Benson for no gain on a fourth-and-4 play in the fourth quarter…(11/1) vs. Cle.: Set a career high with two forced fumbles in the fourth quarter…Forced a fumble on a direct-snap play to WR Josh Cribbs…On the very next defensive series, forced a fumble on a completion to WR Muhamed Massaquoi that was recovered by teammate Cedric Tillman…(12/20) at Bal.: Sacked QB Joe Flacco in the third quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Ravens…(12/28) vs. Min.: In overtime, pounced on a fumble by RB Adrian Peterson that immediately set up QB Jay Cutler’s game-winning, 39-yard touchdown pass to WR Devin Aromashodu on Monday Night Football.
2008: Played in 14 games with nine starts in first full NFL season…Started final nine games of the season at SLB…Credited with 40 tackles (24 solo), two tackles for loss and two passes defensed…Added seven special teams tackles…Inactive for two games…(11/2) vs. Det.: Made first career start at SLB…Totaled five tackles (four)…(12/7) vs. Jac.: Recorded first career pass defensed…(12/28) at Hou.: Posted a then-career-high eight tackles (seven).
2007: Played in three games after being signed by Bears from San Diego’s practice squad on Nov. 21…Inactive for three games…Totaled five special teams tackles…(12/17) at Min.: Made NFL debut on Monday Night Football, posting two tackles on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Northwestern, starting 32 career games…Finished his career with 241 tackles, nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and two interceptions…Named Academic All-Big Ten and team co-MVP as a senior despite having his season cut short due to a broken leg…Led the Wildcats with 62 tackles despite playing just eight games as a senior…Named a third-team preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon and Phil Steele Publications…Northwestern’s second-leading tackler with 77 stops as a junior…Returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown against UCLA in the Sun Bowl…Earned WGN Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award as a sophomore after finishing second on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss…Played in all 13 games as a freshman…Majored in art theory and practice with a minor in business institutions.
PERSONAL: Attended Milwaukee (Wisc.) Lutheran High School, lettering in football, basketball and track…Named SuperPrep all-Midwest region and PrepStar/Rivals all-Midwest region…A first-team all-state, two-time first-team all-conference and Associated Press all-state honorable mention selection…Younger sister, Devin, is a thrower on the University of Minnesota track team...Aunt, Jennifer Rhodes, played basketball at Wisconsin...Spent two weeks traveling overseas to visit naval bases throughout the Middle East and Africa...Volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in May 2013.