Philip Wheeler, considered one of the bright spots on a poor Indianapolis Colts defense in 2011, visited with the Raiders Thursday, the club confirmed.
Wheeler, 27, would be a candidate to replace Kamerion Wimbley, released last week when he declined to accept a pay cut, as the starting strong side linebacker.
``On my way to Oakland to see the Raiders,'' Wheeler said on his Twitter account Thursday morning. ``Which team would be a better fit for me this season? This is a tuff career choice.''
Wheeler, who had 84 tackles, 47 unassisted, has also visited the Miami Dolphins and could also return to the Colts, although both teams will run 3-4 alignments and he has been a 4-3 player in his four-year career.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said during a conference call Tuesday he wasn't expecting to be making many moves before the NFL Draft April 26-28 but also said an outside linebacker was a priority in the wake of Wimbley's departure.
-- Former Raiders trainer George Anderson, who served in that role from the club's inception in 1960 until 1995, passed away at age 82, ESPN reported.