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Nick Roach | Linebacker

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 234
College: Northwestern
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Raiders coach Dennis Allen anticipates new MLB Nick Roach emerging as the "quarterback of our defense."
Whereas old Mike 'backer Rolando McClain couldn't play on passing downs, the Raiders believe Roach can excel as an every-down player. "He’s kind of taken on that role and really has a passion about leading that team," Allen said of Roach. "With his athleticism ... he’s got some things that he can do from a coverage standpoint that lends some flexibility to us." IDPers take note. Mon, Jun 3, 2013 04:37:00 PM

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Coach Dennis Allen confirmed Nick Roach will play middle linebacker for the Raiders.

After filling a variety of roles for the Bears, Roach was signed to replace Rolando McClain in Oakland. There's plenty of IDP upside here as McClain was able to average 6.1 tackles per game in the role over the last two seasons. Roach doesn't pack the same type of punch at just 234 pounds, but can get sideline-to-sideline quicker.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Raiders signed LB Nick Roach, formerly of the Bears.

Roach was a valuable utility man for Chicago, capable of playing the strong side, middle and special teams. He started 14 games a year ago, finishing with 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four pass breakups. The Raiders likely see the 27-year-old former undrafted free agent as the replacement for headache middle 'backer Rolando McClain. Roach's departure could put a sense of urgency into the Bears as they negotiate with free agent Brian Urlacher.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 07:14:00 AM

Free agent LB Nick Roach will visit the Raiders.

Signs of human activity in Oakland. Supposedly drawing interest from over a "half-dozen" teams, Roach could man the strong-side in Oakland, or perhaps even replace Rolando McClain in the middle. Oakland is Roach's first known visit.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 01:54:00 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the number of teams interested in free agent LB Nick Roach is "approaching double digits."

Roach is not an exceptional talent, but is a versatile one, capable of playing both strong-side and middle linebacker. He holds his own against both the run and the pass, and won't turn 28 until June. If Roach comes off the market quickly after the start of free agency, there will be an added urgency for the Bears to figure something out with Brian Urlacher.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 09:13:00 AM

The Chicago Tribune says a "half-dozen" teams have expressed interest in free agent LB Nick Roach.

Some clubs are calling to talk to Roach about playing middle linebacker, a position he played for the final four games of last season in Brian Urlacher's absence. The soon-to-be 28-year-old is a middling talent, but he can play both the run and the pass. Ideally, he'd play strong-side linebacker. The Bears want Roach back.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Free agent LB Nick Roach hopes to return to the Bears, but only if the price is right.

The Bears would like to re-sign Roach, but are not believed to have made him an official offer. Primarily been a two-down player in Chicago, Roach showed that he's capable of playing in the nickel last season when he filled in for injured Brian Urlacher. Roach turns 28 years old in June.
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 12:29:00 PM

A league source confirms the Bears are hoping to re-sign free agent LB Nick Roach.

CSN Chicago reported Saturday that the sides were meeting at the Combine. Roach has primarily been a SAM 'backer during his six-year career, but held his own in the middle when Brian Urlacher was hurt last season. The Bears could view Roach as a cheap in-house replacement if Urlacher moves on.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 05:43:00 PM

The Bears met with free agent LB Nick Roach on Saturday.

Signs are pointing to Chicago bringing Roach back, though it's not clear where the Bears plan to use him. Roach knows the system and has played both middle and strong-side linebacker in the past. With Brian Urlacher's future with the team up in the air, Roach is a viable replacement for Urlacher in the middle.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Nick Roach will likely start at middle linebacker Sunday if Brian Urlacher (personal) does not.

It's unclear if Urlacher, who unexpectedly lost his mother Monday, will be available. Roach, the Bears' starting strong-side linebacker, has a little experience playing in the middle from 2009 and would get an IDP boost. Brian Iwuh is a likely candidate to step in on the strong side.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 08:22:00 AM

Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday that Nick Roach will be the Bears' starting strong-side linebacker this season.

He'll also be the backup middle linebacker, moving there if Brian Urlacher goes down. "He can do an awful lot for us," said Smith of Roach. "We’re pumped up that he decided to come back." It doesn't sound like Pisa Tinoisamoa will return.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 12:30:00 AM

Bears signed LB Nick Roach to a two-year contract.

Roach's deal is expected to pay him around $4.5 million. He'll slide right into the starting lineup on the strong side and continue to fill a special teams role.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 06:29:00 PM

Free agent OLB Nick Roach is still expected to re-sign with the Bears, a source tells ESPN Chicago.

We haven't heard Roach connected to any other team since he dined with Bears' brass on Tuesday. They aren't going to have a hard time locking up their projected starting strong-side linebacker and special teamer.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 03:20:00 PM

Bears brass dined with free agent OLB Nick Roach on Tuesday morning and are attempting to re-sign him.

Roach can't officially sign until Friday at 6PM ET, but he can agree in principle long before then. Per the Chicago Tribune, Roach broke bread with head coach Lovie Smith, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, and linebackers coach Bob Babich on Tuesday. "They want him back," agent Josh Wright said. "That’s as far as the message has gone right now. We will see how it plays out."
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 02:43:00 PM

The odds of free agent SLB Nick Roach re-signing with the Bears are "good," according to ESPN Chicago.

As a four-year veteran, Roach is expected to be unrestricted. The Bears are thin and aging at linebacker, so bringing back Roach seems like a no-brainer. He's also a strong special teamer.
Thu, Jun 23, 2011 09:27:00 AM