Raiders sign Johnstone

The Raiders signed veteran defensive end Lance Johnstone to a two-year contract Wednesday.

Lance Johnstone, 32, spent the past five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he tallied 7.5 sacks in 15 games. The defensive end has 70 sacks over a career that began with the Raiders in 1996 when he was drafted by them in the second round, 57th overall.

Johnstone will team with Derrick Burgess, the NFL sack leader of 2005, to form a pass rushing duo.

In five years with Minnesota, Johnstone recorded 40.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles, including five during the 2004 season.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman has missed just five games over his career.


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