Report: Wheeler agrees to five-year deal with Dolphins

Report: Wheeler agrees to five-year deal with Dolphins
March 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
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A new Oakland defender will lead the team in tackles next season, as former Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, according to an NFL.com report.

The contract is reportedly for five years and $26 million, with $13 million fully guaranteed.

Wheeler, 28, led the Raiders with 109 tackles last season, his first with the team after four years in Indianapolis. In addition to tackles, he also recorded career-highs with three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and six passes defended.

Wheeler, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, will join a linebacking corps that added former Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe earlier in the day. The two newcomers will likely compete with Kevin Burnett and Koa Misi for playing time in Miami's 4-3 defensive scheme.

The first day of free agency was active for the franchises from Oakland and Miami. While the Raiders released wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, defensive back Michael Huff and defensive end Dave Tollefson, the Dolphins added wide receiver Mike Wallace.