The Raiders announced Wednesday night that they have signed linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton was last with the Saints, where he spent the previous three seasons. A defensive captain for the past two years, Lofton totaled 145 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014. Prior to joining the Saints, Lofton played for the Falcons, which drafted him in the second round in 2008. In his seven-year career, Lofton has combined for 885 tackles, 11 forced fumbles and three interceptions.
The Raiders have agreed to terms with nose tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday, reports Michael C. Wright of ESPN. The move takes Oakland out of the Terrance Knighton sweepstakes. Williams, 27, spent his first five years in the league with the Cardinals. He started nine of 16 games last season, registering 24 tackles and one sack. Lofton, 28, has started all but one of his first 112 games in the NFL. His three-year run with the Saints ends with 271 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles in 48 games.
The Raiders are hosting nose tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on free-agent visits Tuesday, according to former NFL scout John Middlekauff. Williams has drawn interest from the Redskins and Giants, while Lofton was released Monday after the Saints were unable to find a trade partner.
The Saints released linebacker Curtis Lofton after an unsuccessful attempt to trade him, according to Pro Football Talk. Lofton was due to receive a $4.5 million roster bonus and would have cost the Saints $9.5 million against the salary cap in 2015.
The Saints are looking to trade linebacker Curtis Lofton, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport. Lofton hasn't missed a regular season game since entering the league in 2008. He had a team-high 144 total tackles in 2014.