Raiders Sign LB Philip Wheeler


The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Philip Wheeler.

Wheeler, 27, played four seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, seeing action in 61 games with 24 starts. He has totaled 220 tackles (141 solo), two sacks, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles in four pro campaigns.

"We're excited to add another veteran to complement our talented linebacking group," said Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie. "He gives us a lot of athleticism and versatility. He's a player that can do a lot of things."

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Wheeler played in 13 games with 11 starts last season, recording a career-high 84 tackles. He also registered one sack and one forced fumble. Wheeler saw action in 16 games in each of the previous three seasons, making six starts in 2010 and seven starts in 2009. He also played in five postseason games with three starts, including a start in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Columbus, Ga., native was a four-year letterwinner at Georgia Tech, starting 38 of 51 career games. He entered the NFL as the Colts' third-round selection (93rd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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