Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Report: Oakland locks up more players
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Tribune is reporting that the Oakland Raiders are clearly creating some in-house free-agency options.
The newspaper reported that backup safety Hiram Eugene, backup guard Daniel Loper signed new deals that could put them in line to start. Safety Michael Huff and guard Robert Gallery are free agents. Gallery has already said he plans to leave.
Eugene signed a four-year contract which pays him $2 million this year, $2.25 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014, the paper reported. Eugene played in 14 games with no starts. He had 22 tackles last season.
The paper reported Loper’s two-year contract pays him $1.9 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012. He made four starts last year when Gallery was hurt.
It’s smart that the Raiders are making contingency plans. But it's clear Eugene and Loper would be downgrades from Huff and Gallery.
The paper also reported that Kyle Boller signed a one-year deal. He finished the season as Jason Campbell’s backup and coach Hue Jackson likes Boller. He could be the primary backup this season. The paper also reports backup running back Michael Bennett was re-signed.
Earlier this offseason, Oakland brought back Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt, and John Henderson and placed the franchise tag on Kamerion Wimbley. Among the players given restricted free-agency tags were Zach Miler and Michael Bush. However, it is unclear whether they will be unrestricted or restricted free agents.
Still, Oakland’s biggest free-agent question remains cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. He will be the most sought-after player on the open market. It’s clear that Oakland has been extremely aggressive in re-signing players, yet if Asomugha leaves, it will be a big blow and create a major hole in the secondary.