The Las Vegas Raiders have made a new addition to their defense by signing unrestricted free agent linebacker Robert Spillane, as announced on Thursday. This move is expected to strengthen the team’s defense as they gear up for the upcoming NFL season.
Spillane, who spent the last three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has played in a total of 52 career games with 16 starts, tallying 166 tackles (111 solo), eight passes defensed, three sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown, and one fumble recovery. He has also contributed 25 stops on special teams.
In 2022, Spillane played in 16 games with five starts, and he recorded career highs in tackles with 77, tackles for loss with four, and passes defensed with four. This impressive performance shows that Spillane is a reliable and skilled defender, and he is expected to bring that same level of play to the Raiders.
Spillane is a native of Oak Park, Illinois, and he played college football at Western Michigan from 2014-2017. During his time there, he amassed 312 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four interceptions, five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles. He was also named All Mid-American Conference Second Team in his final two seasons.