Just prior to the start of free agency last March, the Raiders extended a second round tender to restricted free agent cornerback Neiko Thorpe. After receiving no offer sheets from other teams, he signed that tender Thursday to remain with the Raiders for 2016.
Both Thorpe and quarterback Matt McGloin received second round tenders from the Raiders.
A second round tender meant that should a team attempt to sign Thorpe away, the Raiders would have had the opportunity to match. If they chose not to match, they would receive a second round pick in return. A second round tender made it a near certainty Thorpe would return next season.
Thorpe started two games last season along with playing a key role as a reserve and special teamer. Thorpe had a career year in 2015, with 36 tackles (33 solo), 6 passes defended, and a game sealing interception in the team's week 2 win over the Ravens.
The tender is a one year deal that pays $2.55 million for 2016.