Raiders sign DT Vance Walker
Updated: March 18, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed former Atlanta
defensive tackle Vance Walker to a free-agent contract on Monday in the
latest move to upgrade a depleted defense.
Walker is the sixth defensive free agent signed by Oakland in the past
week. He joins tackle Pat Sims and Jason Hunter on the line with
linebackers Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava and Kevin Burnett also added to
The Raiders are expected to bring back only three starters from the
defense that gave up the fifth most points in the NFL last season.
After addressing the front seven in the first week of free agency, the
Raiders now need to work on the secondary, where the only starter from
last year under contract is safety Tyvon Branch.
The Raiders have also met with free agent cornerback Terrence Newman.
Newman said on Twitter that he expects to make a decision about whether
to remain with Cincinnati or sign with Oakland sometime this week.
Walker is considered a run stopper who did not play in obvious passing
situations last year with the Falcons. Walker started nine games for
Atlanta last season, making 32 tackles with three sacks and a forced
He played 58 career games with the Falcons over four seasons after
being drafted in the seventh round out of Georgia Tech in 2009. He is
versatile enough to also play nose tackle or defensive end on a
Oakland has already lost two defensive linemen to free agency with Matt Shaughnessy signing with Arizona and Desmond Bryant reaching a deal
with Cleveland. Richard Seymour is a free agent and is not expected to
return. Backup Dave Tollefson has already been released and longtime
starter Tommy Kelly is expected to be cut this offseason.