NAPA -- The Raiders claimed linebacker Chase Thomas off waivers from New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon.
The Stanford alum was waived by the Saints on Monday and picked up quickly. Thomas was an undrafted free agent following a solid career with the Cardinal. He had 229 tackles, 27 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
The Raiders got a long look at Thomas during Friday’s exhibition with New Orleans and liked what they saw. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver also coached Thomas in 2011, when he was on the Cardinal’s defensive staff.