He was given a third-round tender. Many league observers thought the tender was somewhat low. Morrison has led Oakland in tackles the past five years.
There was some thought Morrison could attract interest in restricted free agency because of his low price tag. However, he is now off the market by signing his deal. Thursday is the final day teams can sign restricted free agents to offer sheets.
Morrison needs to have a good offseason. Last year, Ricky Brown was pushing him for his starting job. There has been some talk Oakland could use the No. 8 overall pick on Alabama middle linebacker Rolando McClain.
By signing his tender, Morrison is showing he is prepared to fight for his job.