As the Raiders begin their offseason workouts today, they announced the return of three of their Exclusive Rights Free Agents. They have brought back 2018 seventh round pick wide receiver Marcell Ateman, kicker Daniel Carlson, and tackle Justin Murray.
Ateman spent the first part of last season on the practice squad and was called up to the active roster during the team’s bye week due to injuries at the position. He would end up starting six games catching 15 passes for 154 receiving yards and one TD.
Carlson was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round and cut after week three. The Raiders picked him up during the bye week and he went on to set a new franchise record with a 94.1 field goal percentage and earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 11. He looks like the long term answer at kicker for the Raiders, so he was not going anywhere.
Murray was claimed via waivers from the Bengals prior to the season opener and appeared in two games as a rotational player on the offensive line. He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent 2017 on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, before being signed to the Cincinnati Bengals for the remainder of the year.