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Raiders GM says versatility of Nick Roach “jumped out”
PHOENIX — Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t need to watch much new tape of linebacker Nick Roach.
Before taking over the Raiders in 2012, McKenzie was a longtime personnel man with the Green Bay Packers, most notably as the team’s director of player personnel, so he knew Roach from his days in the Chicago area not only with the Bears but with the Wildcats.
“No. 1 is his versatility,” McKenzie said of what appealed to him about Roach. “You don’t have to take him off the field. He’s athletic enough to play nickel, and he’s played all three of the positions before, at some point.
“That’s what jumped out.”
The Raiders signed Roach to a four-year contract worth up to $13 million, with $5 million guaranteed. The expectation is that Roach will start at middle linebacker for the Raiders. Roach’s first-year salary cap number is $1.63 million, according to terms of his contract.
The Bears didn’t seem to aggressive in re-signing Roach, who played the last six seasons with the Bears.
For his part, McKenzie – a standout linebacker at the University of Tennessee who played five NFL seasons – gave Roach the ultimate compliment.
“He’s done special teams,” McKenzie said. He’s just a football player. That’s the thing. He’s just a good, solid football player.”