Raiders close to deal with Tahir Whitehead

After making a major splash on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders are nearing a deal to help shore up their defense with Lions free-agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Raiders already made some noise Thursday by signing former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a two-year, $15 million deal while also releasing Michael Crabtree.

Whitehead, 27, started all 16 games last season for the first time in his six-year career and has experience at all three linebacker spots. He had 78 tackles and a sack while also recovering four fumbles and tallying an interception.

Ask current and former teammates about Mayfield, and the answers are unanimously positive. Running back Samaje Perine, a former Sooner who just finished his rookie year with Washington, was on hand at the pro day and said he was quizzed by his team’s brass about Mayfield before they traded for Alex Smith. Former OU running back and current Cincinnati Bengal Joe Mixon said he was similarly approached by two different teams over the last year, seeking his take on Mayfield as a teammate (he couldn’t remember which teams). Both backs say they gave ringing endorsements.

Mike Shula, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator after seven seasons in Carolina working with Cam Newton, met privately with Mayfield directly after his pro day performance, during which the QB threw about 50 passes scripted by his private coach, former Panthers, Ravens and Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Shula, who coached Clausen for three seasons with the Panthers, had already reached out to the retired quarterback for his impressions of Mayfield by the time the Pro Day came around.

Brown, 28, came over to the Redskins this past season after earning a Pro Bowl nod with the Buffalo Bills back in 2016.

The Philadelphia Eagles will re-sign LB Nigel Bradham to a five-year, $40 million deal, according to multiple reports.

Analysis:?The champs retain a player who’s started 69 games in his six-year career. But GM Howie Roseman may have to unload LB Mychal Kendricks as Philadelphia navigates a snug salary cap.?

RB Carlos Hyde is headed to Cleveland on a three-year deal, reportedly worth $15 million.

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