The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, the team announced Thursday. The deal is a three-year contract worth more than $6 million annually, a source told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Whitehead, 27, gives the Raiders some much-needed help in the middle of their defense, particularly against the run. The former Detroit Lions starter notched at least 110 tackles in each of his last two seasons, adding an interception and a sack in 2017. The six-year pro had spent his entire career with the Lions.
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He afforded the club an opportunity to match the Rams’ offer that could push the deal to about $8.5 million should he hit all of his performance incentives.
“I felt like I owed that to the organization, to Mr. Brown, to coach Lewis and to the fans, especially the way the first five years of my career have gone; up and down,” Eifert said. “I felt like (I had to) to keep them in the loop. I knew that’s where I wanted to be, so I’m happy about that.”
The Bears and Eagles both gave up significant draft assets to acquire their franchise quarterbacks, and in both cases, critics believed the teams would struggle to surround those pivots with a strong supporting cast due to a lack of resources. Yet, having a rookie quarterback who could essentially start from Day 1 has given both rebuilding clubs much more financial freedom. Here’s Trubisky’s rookie contract, which – thanks to the wage scale – is almost identical to Wentz’s in terms of yearly cap hits, via Spotrac.
Another big move not to be overlooked was signing Cody Parkey, who made 91.3 percent of his field goal attempts last season with Miami. Kicking has been a major issue for Chicago since they let Robbie Gould go after the 2015 season.
The Bears also retained Prince Amukamara and Sam Acho on defense and then signed Chase Daniel to be their backup quarterback. 3) Los Angeles Rams The Los Angeles Rams may have lost Trumaine Johnson in free agency, but you can’t say they their secondary isn’t looking good. The Rams made two of the most notable trades this offseason by acquiring cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Talib was acquired for a fifth-round pick and remains one of the better corners in the league. He’ll be reunited with former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.