Another Raiders free agent has reportedly found a home elsewhere on a long term deal. Wide receiver and standout special teamer, Andre Holmes, has agree to terms on a 3-year deal with the Buffalo Bills according to multiple reports.
According to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, the deal is with $4.5 million with $2.425 million guaranteed, citing NFLPA documents.
Bills have signed WR Andre Holmes to a three-year, $4.5 million contract with $2.425 million guaranteed, per NFLPA documents.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 15, 2017
Holmes is a former undrafted free agent by the Cowboys out of Hillsdale college. The 6-5, 210-pounder spent the past four seasons in Oakland, last season on a one-year deal.
A big, tall receiver, he is a red zone target, though was never able to distinguish himself in that role. After starting 13 games in 2014, he has fallen down the depth chart since then, seeing time as the fourth receiver on the roster last season.
Where he does his best work is on special teams both in coverage and blocking. It was those skills that kept him coming back despite his plateaued receiving skills.
He becomes the 8th Raiders free agent to sign with another team this offseason. See the others here.
Update: Andre Holmes quickly took to twitter to deny a deal had been struck. Stay tuned as this develops.
I have not signed/agreed to any contract yet with any team. The report at this moment is false.— Andre Holmes (@dreholmes18) March 15, 2017
It sounds as if this was a mixup with the NFLPA filing. The Bills informed the NFLPA of the offer and it was improperly filed as an accepted contract. As explained here:
Agents have to send all offers from teams to the union. This one was confused as a done deal. Hence the confusion. https://t.co/XQIqgtOrfV— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 15, 2017
So, no deal... yet.
Update: As if we’re in Groundhog Day, Holmes is now headed for Buffalo...
WR Andre Holmes is headed to Buffalo today for a visit with the Bills, source says. As of now a deal is (still) not done, though.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2017