Oct 16, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Nick Roach (53) and cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Vikings, 39-10. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Roach Signs Deal with the Oakland Raiders

According to Brad Biggs, linebacker Nick Roach as signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Nick Roach was the Bears starting outside linebacker opposite of Lance Briggs. When Brian Urlacher was injured, Roach stepped in and played middle linebacker at the end of last season.

With Brian Urlacher a free agent and Nick Roach signing with the Raiders, the Bears have needs at both starting middle and outside linebacker. The question is, do the Bears think that they already have replacements on the team?

Currently listed on the Chicago Bears roster the Bears have seven linebackers:

Lance Briggs, Blake Costanzo, Dom DeCicco, Jerry Franklin, J.T. Thomas, Patrick Trahan and Lawrence Wilson.

At first glance I would say that the Bears still have a need to replace Roach and Urlacher. Blake Costanzo is a special teams standout. The other linebackers, to be honest, I don’t know anything about them. Maybe one of them is a diamond in the rough. What do you think Bears Fans? Do you think anybody that is still on the roster can replace Urlacher or Roach?

It seems to me that Phil Emery has a plan, and so far he has made us as Chicago Bears fans happy. Let us wait and see what his next move will be. Don’t forget, there is still the draft.



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  • LOR

    Maybe J.T. Thomas can replace Roach or a draft pick. If we also lose Lacher then I don’t see how we can replace both without a big downgrade in performance.

    • Michael Praser

      Maybe, but I think Urlacher will eventually sign. But I thought they would never fire Lovie. Tells you what I know.

      • LOR

        Roach signed for 4 years, $3.25 million average per year, $3.185 million signing bonus and $5 million total guarantee. I’m a little disappointing the Bears did not match this. Roach is worth this kind of $ considering his performance at two spots in the LB corps last year.