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Carolina Panthers trade veteran LB Denzel Perryman to Las Vegas Raiders

Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers middle linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders added veteran linebacker help Wednesday, acquiring Denzel Perryman in a trade with the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers, who signed Perryman to a two-year contract worth $6 million with $2.99 million in guarantees this offseason, dealt the 28-year-old linebacker and a seventh-round pick to the Raiders for a sixth-round pick, Carolina announced.


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The Raiders worked out free agent linebacker K.J. Wright earlier this month. They’re shallow at the position with Nick Kwiatkoski, Nicholas Morrow and Javin White all dealing with injuries.

Perryman recorded an 83.3 overall PFF grade last season for the Los Angeles Chargers while registering 48 tackles in 13 games with six starts.

Denzel Perryman Career Grades
Season PFF Grade Snaps # of Games
2020 83.3 317 13
2019 59.2 359 12
2018 70.1 386 9
2017 59.2 273 7
2016 59.3 481 12
2015 76.2 392 13

He primarily played the Mike/MLB aka “Bobby Wagner” role in Gus Bradley's defense when he was in Los Angeles, and he'll most likely compete for a similar role in Las Vegas.

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