Raiders DB Arrested Just Before Return From Injury

The Roderic Teamer arrest (left) on a DUI charge was part of a dismal Raiders weekend.

Getty Roderic Teamer's arrest on a DUI charge was part of a dismal Raiders weekend.

Quite a day of Raiders news in the defensive backfield on November 27, a day that ended with the benching of Las Vegas starter Marcus Peters but began with details of the arrest of Roderic Teamer, 26, on a DUI charge.

According to Las Vegas Justice Court records, Teamer was arrested on Saturday, November 25, and charged with a first-offense DUI and a “basic speeding violation,” driving 21 to 30 miles over the speed limit. Both charges are misdemeanors and were filed in court on Sunday.

It was an especially disappointing situation because Teamer was finally set to hit the field after he had spent the last month-and-a-half on the injured list with a hamstring injury. Teamer was placed on IR on October 18 but was finally moved back to the active roster on Saturday afternoon before being arrested that night.

“The Raiders are aware of an incident involving Roderic Teamer last night,” the team said in a statement. “The club is in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time.”

The Raiders announced on Monday that they had waived both Peters and Teamer. Teamer was released on his own recognizance on Sunday morning, the Associated Press reported, and is due back in court on April 3, 2024, according to court records.

Roderic Teamer Arrest Could End Raiders Stint

It’s possible that Teamer’s arrest puts an end to his time with the Raiders, because he was not playing much even when he was healthy. Teamer had been in all 17 games last year, including three starts, but only played six games this season and was on the field for a mere 46 snaps—12% of the defensive plays for which he was active. Last year, Teamer played 25% of the team’s defensive snaps.

Teamer’s grade at Pro Football Focus is 51.9, which rates as the worst among the team’s safeties who have played at least 15 snaps. It’s third-worst among all the Raiders’ defensive backs.

Teamer was originally signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent from Tulane in 2019. He was released in 2020 and served a suspension from the league for violation of the substance abuse policy but signed on with the Raiders in 2021 and managed to stick with the team.

Teamer had 40 tackles, and 2 tackles for loss, in his 17 appearances last season. He was with the Raiders this season on a $1.5 million, one-year contract, with $8,000 per game in roster bonuses. He has already missed out on $48,000 in those bonuses.

Rough Day in the Secondary

Teamer’s arrest and Peters’ confrontation with interim head coach Antonio Pierce have now left the Raiders defensive backfield in a shambles. Peters had been the starting cornerback opposite star Nate Hobbs, but, according to The Athletic, “Peters was almost cut earlier this season, according to team and league sources, and is not expected back when the team returns from its bye week.”

Certainly, the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday showed just how far the DBs on the Raiders need to go. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes picked apart Las Vegas, which was staked to a 14-0 lead. But Mahomes led the Chiefs roaring back with 27-for-34 passing, for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 31-17 K.C. victory.

“I’m disappointed,” Pierce said after the game. “We knew what was coming. There was a lot of speed on the field. … There were opportunities for us to get the guy down and give us another chance. We didn’t do that.”

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