The Raiders didn't address a linebacker need early in the NFL draft, and still weren't satisfied with the position group.
That's why the Silver and Black added former Kansas City veteran Derrick Johnson to man the middle. The coaching staff loves Johnson's leadership and intensity anchoring the inside, and believes the 35-year old has more athleticism than many expect.
That doesn't mean the Raiders are done looking for upgrades. They'll meet with veteran Mychal Kendricks this week, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Philadelphia released Kendricks on May 22 in a cost-cutting move. The Cal alum will reportedly visit the Raiders, Vikings and Browns, and should make a decision this week.
Kendricks first visited the Vikings, who employ his brother Eric Kendricks as a starting middle linebacker.
The 27-year old has been effective at a few spots, playing strongside linebacker for the Eagles last season. He was effective against the run especially, and finished with 68 tackles and two sacks.
The Raiders have Johnson in the middle and Tahir Whitehead penciled to the weak side, with Emmanuel Lamur -- he hasn't been a consistent starter since 2014 -- as a top option at strongside linebacker.
Kendricks could provide help and in that role, and flesh out the linebacker corps that will look completely different this season whether he signs or not.
Mychal Kendricks is visiting the #Vikings, #Raiders and #Browns this week, per source. We can expect Kendricks to make his decision this week as well, source adds.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 29, 2018