The Raiders announced they have added another defensive lineman to their free agency haul this off-season. They have signed DT Vance Walker who started eight games for the Falcons last season at defensive end and defensive tackle.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Walker, entering his fifth NFL season, has played in 58 career games with 11 starts, totaling five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery since entering the league as the Falcons' seventh-round draft choice (210th overall) in 2009.
Walker had 32 combined tackle and 3.0 sacks last season in his nine starts last season. Those are all career highs for the four-year veteran. He was originally a round seven draft pick by the Falcons out of Georgia Tech.
"Vance Walker is a terrific rotational defensive tackle," said Dave Choate of The Falcoholic. "He gets into the backfield well, has nice pass-rushing instincts and is no slouch against the run. I don't know that he has the talent to be a starter, but trying it out wouldn't hurt given his intriguing blend of skills. Walker was universally beloved in Atlanta for his attitude and play, so you're getting a very useful player and locker room presence."
The Raiders are hoping Walker can replace Desmond Bryant who signed with the Cleveland Browns on the first day of free agency.
This makes a total of six free agent signings for the Raiders this off-season - all on the defensive side of the ball. He joins defensive end Jason Hunter, and Pat Sims as the third defensive lineman signed by the team. The other three signings were linebackers.