With offseason workouts beginning today, there was some business to take care of for the Raiders. Most notably it was Restricted Free Agent Denico Autry signing his tender.
Autry was given an original round RFA tender just prior to the start of free agency last month. Originally undrafted out of Mississippi State, a team could have signed him away without compensation, but the Raiders would be given the opportunity to match whatever offer he received. No team stepped up to sign him, so he signed his tender.
The tender will pay him $1.797 million for this season. The 6-5, 273-pound defensive lineman has had three productive seasons with the Raiders after spending his first season on the practice squad. Barring an extension before March of next year, he would become an unrestricted free agent.
Also signing their Exclusive Rights Free Agent tenders were tight end Gabe Holmes, wide receiver Seth Roberts, and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland.
Roberts was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014. After a season on the practice squad, he has played extensively as the team’s third wide receiver the past two seasons.
Holmes was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before being called up late in the season to keep him from being signed away by another team. He spent last season on injured reserve.
Kirkland went undrafted out of Arkansas in 2016 and appeared in 6 games with 4 starts last season at guard and tackle.