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Raiders give ERFA tenders to Denico Autry, Seth Roberts, others

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On the eve of the start to free agency, we can confirm via sources that the Raiders will keep several of their Exclusive Rights Free Agents with a tender. Those players are Denico Autry, Seth Roberts, Shelby Harris, Korey Toomer, and Gabe Holmes.

Autry joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2014 season. He appeared in ten games as a rookie, recording just 13 tackles. Last season he came on strong, recording 3.0 sacks, including one for a sack on Philip Rivers in a late season win over the Chargers. Autry also has quite a talent for batting down passes and field goal attempts. The Raiders have high hopes for him and there was no way they were letting him go anywhere.

Roberts was another undrafted free agent who came on strong last season for the Raiders. After spending the 2014 season on the team's practice squad, he showed considerable skills in training camp prior to last season and earned a roster spot. Right away, he was one of Derek Carr's favorite targets as the third receiver on the team behind starters Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Roberts finished third on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 480 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Shelby Harris was a 7th round pick by the Raiders in the 2014 draft. He has appeared in 8 career games.

Holmes signed last offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue. He spent the first part of the season on the practice squad, before being called up to the roster late in the season. He was inactive each game, which suggests he was called up to keep from being signed away by another team.

Toomer was signed during the season, seeing action in 10 games last season, mostly on special teams. Originally a 5th round pick by the Seahawks, he never saw action in a game for them. He had appeared in 8 career games with the Rams and Cowboys prior to joining the Raiders.

Leon Orr was scheduled to be a ERFA this offseason until last December when the Raiders called him up from the practice squad and signed him to a 2-year deal.

The remaining ERFA who could not be confirmed is last year's undrafted free agent safety Tevin McDonald. He may have received a tender, but I could not confirm it.