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Raiders agree to terms with linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski

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Young Bears LB reportedly joins Raiders

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The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to terms with their first free agent.

The NFL Network reported that the Raiders have agreed to terms with Chicago linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski.

Kwiatkowski played an inside linebacker position in the Bears’ 3-4 scheme. He’ll probably become the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker, but the Raiders need to fill all three linebacker spots, so perhaps that is still fluid. The Raiders reportedly had interest in Rams’ middle linebacker Cory Littleton, and they also brought in Christian Kirksey for a visit last week after he was cut by the Browns. (Kirksey signed with the Packers on Monday.)

While in Chicago, Kwiatkowski, 26, took advantage of an injury to starter Danny Trevathan and started eight games last season and played well. However, the Bears opted to re-sign Trevathan and let Kwiatkwoski hit the open market. Now, he will get a chance to be a full-time starter for the Raiders.

Kwiatkowski had 76 tackles and three sacks last season, but he is not known for his coverage skills. That is vital for the Raiders in the tight end strong AFC West. Tight end coverage has long been a Raiders’ issue. So, he’ll need to improve there.

UPDATE: Kwiatkowski reportedly signed for three years.

Kwiatkowski was a fourth-round pick by the Bears in 2016 out of West Virginia. He was college teammates with Raiders’ defensive backs Karl Joseph and Daryl Worley. Both of them are free agents.