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NFL - US Sports: Vegas raids waiver wire for famous name

The Las Vegas Raiders have traded wide receiver Bryan Edwards to the Atlanta Falcons for a future draft pick and also picked up the son of their former Super Bowl running back Tyrone Wheatley off the waiver wire.

The Raiders, who are 6/1 to win the ultra-competitive AFC West this season, sent former third-round draft 'steal' Edwards to Atlanta, along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

This move cams days after Las Vegas signed free agent former New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole.

According to the agent of Tyrone Wheatley Jr, the former Michigan Wolverines player will follow in his father's footsteps to join Josh McDaniels' squad in time to participate in the Raiders' upcoming Organized Team Activities (OTAs), which are voluntary.

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Unlike his father - who played in the 2002 Super Bowl with Silver and Black and is now the running backs coach of the Denver Broncos - Wheatley Jr doesn't play in a skill position, having switched from tight end to tackle after leaving college.

Wheatley made no breakthrough with Bears

After putting on 25 pounds and impressing scouts during a short stint with the Blues in The Spring League last tear, the 6-foot-6 Wheatley Jr was signed by the Chicago Bears.

He didn't make Chicago's regular season roster, but he was signed back to the practice squad and was then re-signed in January to a reserve/future contract.

The Raiders took note when he was was waived by the Bears a week ago and will now give him a shot to make their 53-man roster over the course of the next few months.

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