Raiders sign veteran LB Kevin Burnett
Kevin Burnett is just the third addition to the Oakland Raiders linebacker corps, following the signing of Kaluka Maiava from Cleveland and Nick Roach from Chicago, in the past week. Kevin Burnett’s brother, Kaelin, is also linebacker, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2012. The Oakland Raiders promoted Kaelin Maiava from the practice squad to play six games last season.
The eight-year veteran Kevin Burnett amassed over 100 tackles in each of his past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Kevin Burnett posted career-highs with 110 tackles last season, while also registering 2.5 sacks and 5 pass break-ups.
Over the past three seasons, Kevin Burnett has been a regular starter, first with the San Diego Chargers (201) and then with the Miami Dolphins (2011-2012).
While starting 59 of 120 career games since joining the NFL as an second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 draft, Kevin Burnett totaled 17.5 sacks, 20 passes defensed, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interception returns for touchdown. After spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the San Diego Chargers, Kevin Burnett landed in Miami.
The Miami Dolphins spent the cap room free in Kevin Burnett’s release for signing former Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler to a five-year, $26 million contract this past week. But the Oakland Raiders seem to have gotten the better in the linebacker swap.
The move suggest that the Oakland Raiders could be considering a transition to the 3-4 scheme, although the team has not indicated any intentions of such changes yet.
However, it is certain that Kevin Burnett’s addition will provide the Oakland Raiders with options at the starting spot. Kevin Burnett is expected to be in starting competition with Nick Roach, Kaelin Maiava and incumbent Miles Burris, who is entering his second NFL season.