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Raiders add linebacker Nick Roach

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01:08 PM ET 03.15 | The Chicago Bears have some holes to plug on defense and they won't be filling one with a familiar face. Linebacker Nick Roach has agreed to terms on a contract with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN Chicago, taking him out of the mix for the Bears. General manager Phil Emery had expressed a desire to keep Roach but said on Wednesday the team is pressed against the salary cap. Whether or not Roach's exit affects the status of negotiations with middle linebacker Brian Urlacher remains to be seen. The Bears probably aren't going to ante up more for him just because Roach has left. Roach, 27, has been the team's primary starter on the strong side since 2008. He started the final four games of last season at middle linebacker after a hamstring injury sidelined Brian Urlacher. So, his versatility and his ability on special teams made him valuable.

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Nick Roach on the sideline against the Redskins, Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports Nick Roach on the sideline against the Redskins, Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
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March 15, 2013  01:24 PM ET

Good for Oakland, the Raiders will have a reliable LB for a number of yrs.

 
March 16, 2013  01:14 PM ET

He wasn't on those Greyhound Buses in Atlantic City, Wa He?

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