The Las Vegas Raiders signed free-agent linebackers Kyler Fackrell and Micah Kiser Monday to add depth to a thin group.
The Raiders needed linebacker help after Nicholas Morrow signed with the Bears last week and Las Vegas fired Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski as salary cap victims.
Las Vegas also re-signed tackle Brandon Parker as an option on the offensive line after starting 13 games at right tackle last season.
Fackrell adds depth to new coordinator Patrick Graham’s defensive scheme on the pass rusher. Fackrell had a career-high 10 1/2 sacks in Green Bay in 2018 when Graham was his positional coach and also played for him with the New York Giants.
Fackrell had three sacks for the Chargers last season. He has 23 1/2 sacks in his six-year career after being drafted in the third round by Green Bay of Utah State in 2016.
Kiser will join Pro Bowlers Denzel Perryman and Divine Deablo for game time with the off-ball linebacker this season.
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Kiser was originally a fifth-round pick for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. He played his first three seasons with the Rams before moving to the Broncos early last season after retiring from the Los Angeles practice team.
In 36 career games, Kiser has 100 tackles, three passes defended and one forced fumble. He also has extensive experience in special teams.
Kiser had 19 tackles in 10 games with Denver last season. He missed the entire 2019 season with an injury and has also spent time on injured reserve for the past two seasons.
Parker was picked with the first third-round pick in the 2018 draft but struggled for most of his career. Shoveled into the lineup as a rookie, he was overwhelmed this season before spending most of the 2019 and 20 seasons as a backup.
Parker returned to the starting lineup early last season after rookie Alex Leatherwood was moved inside to guard. He will likely fight for a substitute spot this season.
The Raiders also signed Garrett Gilbert as backup for quarterback Derek Carr. Gilbert spent 2015-16 with the Raiders and 2014-15 and 2021 in New England under current Raiders coach Josh McDaniels.
Las Vegas looked to the quarterback for backup help, with Marcus Mariota departing to sign with Atlanta and Nathan Peterman as a free agent.
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