Report: Brian Cushing's Raiders Visit Canceled After Derrick Johnson Signs

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing is introduced before an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Former Pro Bowler Brian Cushing is still on the market.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the linebacker was expected to visit Oakland on Sunday, but that meeting was canceled with the team expected to sign former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson instead. The 31-year-old Cushing spent the first nine years of his career with the Houston Texans after being drafted by the organization in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.

He was released in February in a move that saved the Texans $7.6 million.

In Jon Gruden's first offseason back in the Bay Area, he has been actively adding high-profile names. Sure, Michael Crabtree, Marquette King and Cordarrelle Patterson are gone. But Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, Doug Martin and Ryan Switzer are among those who have been acquired.

Add those players to an offense that already features Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch and Amari Cooper, and you've got the makings of a special group.

Gruden has added some interesting pieces to the offense, and now it appears he's looking to improve a defense that ranked 23rd in yards and 20th in points a season ago.

With Cushing, it's a matter of how much the two-time second-team All-Pro has left in the tank. He had just 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in five games in 2017, having been suspended 10 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Injuries have also played a major role in his career. He has played in 16 regular-season games just once since 2012, with concussions, a torn ACL and a shoulder injury taking their toll.

Cushing leaves Houston as the franchise's all-time leading tackler, piling up 665 over his tenure there. He got off to an incredible start to his career, winning the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award by recording 134 tackles, 10 passes defended and four interceptions in his first season in the league.

Gruden and Co. have apparently decided Johnson is a good fit in Oakland, so Cushing is left looking for a place to play.

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