Marcel Reece #45 of the Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have officially announced via press release on Monday that they have placed one-year contract tenders on restricted free agent DT Desmond Bryant and exclusive right free agents DE Mason Brodine, CB Bryan McCann, and FB Marcel Reece. In the same press release they confirmed the restructure of LB Aaron Curry's contract.
Desmond Bryant was originally acquired by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard University in 2009. He has been valuable depth at defensive tackle for the team for the past few years and started 11 games at defensive end last season in place of the injured Matt Shaughnessy.
Mason Brodine was another undrafted free agent by the Raiders out of Washington. He showed promise in training camp last year as a rookie and the team initially placed him on the practice squad. He was called p the active roster as a midseason replacement and remained on the squad for the final few games.
Bryan McCann was signed last season as a free agent to be the team's kick returner. He had been available due to his reputation for fumbing (he fumbled 50% of his returns in 2010 with the Cowboys). But there was no sign of the player who was known for fumbling and without those issues, he can be very dangerous. He is also valuable as depth at corner of which the Raiders desperately need.
Marcel Reece is yet another undrafted free agent on this Raider team. The former college wide receiver, found his niche at fullback and earned his way to being named a Pro Bowl alternate last season. He is one of the more valuable members of this team for the mismatches he presents out of the Raiders backfield. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 434 yards from scrimmage and has a total of 7 touchdowns.
The Curry restructure had been reported and is said to be a one year extension which splits his 2012 salary of $5.8 million over two seasons. The restructure cuts his cap hit in half.