The Raiders are yet again running the risk of losing their top home grown talent to free agency. Stefen Wisniewski, who the team chose in the second round of the 2011 draft and has been the team's every day starting center all four seasons, will see his rookie contract expire this off-season. And according to him -- as tweeted by Josh Dubow of the Associated Press -- the Raiders contract offers have not been appealing to him.
Pending free agent Stefen Wisniewski says #Raiders made a few offers but nothing he was looking for. Sunday could be final game w/ team— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) December 26, 2014
If the Raiders lose Wisniewski, it would be yet another off-season that saw the team's best home grown talent walk away. Last off-season it was starting left tackle Jared Veldheer and starting defensive end Lamarr Houston who didn't receive contract offers they deemed satisfactory and they both left in free agency.
Veldheer's situation in particular was completely mishandled, causing them to lose the player who should have been their long term solution at left tackle. He was originally a third round pick by the team and took over the starting left tackle job midway through his rookie season.
It is that Veldheer situation that makes the status of Wisniewski's return the most uncertain.
Stefen is a good starting center in this league. He isn't great by any stretch, and some believe he should move to guard which is where he played as a rookie, before making the permanent switch to center. Regardless of how great he may or may not be, the two primary benefits to keeping him would be to not add yet another need on a team with many needs already, and some continuity for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
Wiz is also a second generation Raider. His uncle Steve was an All Pro left guard who played his entire career for the Raiders.When Stefen was drafted, Steve was an assistant offensive line coach for the Raiders. Shortly after the new regime took over, Steve resigned his position on the Raiders coaching staff for "personal reasons". Along with several others such as Cornerbacks Coach Rod Woodson.
Stefen is not looking to give out any discounts for his services and probably feels no obligations to this organization just because his uncle played for them. In turn the new regime has never shown any interest in retaining players drafted before they arrived, so if you would like Wisniewski to stick around with the Raiders, prepare yourself for the possibility that won't happen.