While there is yet to be a sign the Raiders will be bringing back any of their unrestricted free agents, the big question was whether they would place a tender on restricted free agent defensive lineman Denico Autry. And should they do so, what level of tender that would be.
Wednesday morning, they placed an original round tender on Autry according to a league source. The original round tender carries with it a 2017 base salary of $1.797 million.
Autry went undrafted in 2014, so should another team sign him away, the Raiders would receive no draft compensation. However, the Raiders would be given the opportunity to match any offer he receives.
Autry was a great find as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State. He has played 45 games with 15 starts over three seasons in Oakland. Over the past two seasons, he has compiled 6.0 sacks and 64 combined tackles (51 solo). He is perhaps most known for his penchant for batting down passes and kicks at the line.
Though he has been unable to secure a regular starting job, he has continued to be one of the better and more reliable defensive linemen on the Raiders team the past couple seasons.
Should no other team sign him to an offer sheet, Autry will have until April 21 to sign his tender. In the meantime, the Raiders may opt to try and work out a long term contract with him.