Dixon should be last piece to LB corps

The Raiders all but shored up their starting linebacking corps with Wednesday's signing of Gerald Dixon. Dixon is expected to fill the void left by the retirement of weakside linebacker William Thomas.

The signing of Dixon follows the Raiders move to land Bill Romanowski last month. Dixon and Romanowski will likely join middle linebacker Greg Biekert in forming Oakland's starting linebacking trio. Thomas retired immediately following the Raiders' heartbreaking and controversial playoff loss to the New England Patriots last season. Oakland later released Elijah Alexander, who, like Thomas, was a starter the past two seasons for the Raiders. Dixon was a starter the past two seasons in San Diego, accumulating 124 tackles and seven sacks along the way. An accomplished special teams player as well, Dixon spent the first three years of his NFL career in Cleveland and one in Cincinnati before joining the Chargers in 1998. Meanwhile the Raiders appear to be willing to let defensive tackle Grady Jackson go. Jackson continues to visit other teams and has had little contact with Oakland in recent weeks. Jackson was offered a one-year deal from the New York Jets but turned it down and was scheduled to visit the Minnesota Vikings next.

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