The Raiders hoped to have as many as three veteran pass rushers by Thursday’s end. They got two.
Veteran outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley signed a two-year contract, according to multiple sources, and will join defensive end Justin Tuck – who signed a two-year deal earlier Thursday -- in a suddenly improved pass rush. The veteran, who played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, can make a maximum of $12 million. The contract terms were first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher met with the Raiders at the same time on Wednesday afternoon in attempt to grab all three players, but Hatcher slipped through the Raiders grasp and signed with the Washington Redskins.
Woodley was an edge rusher in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense and could play end in the Raiders 4-3. Woodley has 57 career sacks and three seasons with double-digit totals. He had five in 11 games during the 2013 season and four in 2012. He had 44 in the previous four seasons.
Tuck and Woodley bring instant credibility to a defense in the midst of a makeover, giving the Raiders a dual threat they didn’t have last season.