Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (56) during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Have Interest in Kevin Burnett

While the Miami Dolphins were giving their linebacking corp a makeover early in free agency, the Oakland Raiders were preparing to do the same. Miami was able to lock up free agents Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, but it cost them veterans Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. In Oakland, they are in serious need of starting caliber linebackers, so the Dolphins roster cuts could end up benefiting them and the Raiders have already taken notice.

According to a report from Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, the Raiders are interested in Burnett and “a deal is possible.

The 30-year-old Burnett would give the Raiders a boost in talent and a major upgrade with leadership in the middle of their defense. With the team’s current situation at linebacker, it would be a no-brainer to sign Burnett.

He is coming off of a year where he put up a 110-tackle, 2.5-sack performance, so he still has some quality ball left to play.

If Burnett is to join Oakland, he would join recently signed Nick Roach and whoever else the Raiders go out to bring in as the third starting linebacker.

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