The Oakland Raiders are looking at any and all options to solidify the linebacker position, and free agent Philip Wheeler is the latest free agent linked to the franchise. Wheeler, who spent the last four seasons with the Colts, recently visited Oakland and is looking to potentially sign with the team as their starting outside linebacker.
While visiting the Bay Area, Wheeler tweeted a few things about his visit and came away very impressed with the fan base, notoriously referred to as "Raider Nation". We have those tweets after the page jump...
Here is the first that ignited everything:
On my way to Oakland to see the Raiders. Which team would be better fit for me this season? This is a tuff career choice.— Philip Wheeler (@Philgood50) March 29, 2012
And the second:
Dang Raider Nation ain't no joke. They deep. Lol— Philip Wheeler (@Philgood50) March 29, 2012
Finally, the third:
Raider Nation showed love. Preciate that. Legendary place.— Philip Wheeler (@Philgood50) March 30, 2012
Pretty encouraging words for the Raider fans out there hoping to land the talented linebacker. Wheeler has drawn interest from numerous clubs, including the Colts, and will likely command a pretty decent sized contract. The Raiders have limited funds to work with, but general manager Reggie McKenzie may be able to get creative in the coming days to lure Wheeler to Oakland.
Either way, it's always a good feeling to see a player talk highly of a fan base he hasn't even played a game for yet.
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