Burnett was cut when the Dolphins paid big money to steal Philip Wheeler away from the Raiders. The moment Burnett came available, he instantly became the top rated free agent linebacker according to Pro Football Focus.
If Burnett plays well for the Raiders, it would not be the first time this happened with Miami. The Dolphins signed Jack Grove as a free agent and dumped Samson Satele. The Raiders signed Satele and he has continued to have a solid career while Grove flopped out of the league.
Burnett, 30, has started every single game the past three seasons with the Chargers and Dolphins. His tackle numbers have gone up every season (95, 103,109). Heh as played outside linebacker in the Dolphins' 4-3 the past two seasons and was a 3-4 linebacker in San Diego prior to that.
Kevin’s brother, Kaelin, currently plays for the Raiders.
Some have suggested the signing of Kevin Burnett means the Raiders are leaning toward a 3-4 defense. This thinking comes from the fact that the Raiders now have four possible starting linebackers. They already had Miles Burris who started ever game at weakside linebacker last season. They have added three linebacker this off-season in Burnett, Kaluka Maiava, and Nick Roach.