We previously looked at the Raiders’ lackluster unrestricted free-agent class.
Now, it’s time to look at their restricted free agents. These restricted free agents are set to become unrestricted free agents next year if they don’t get a contract extension. The Raiders must assign tenders to their restricted free agents. The tenders are based off draft rounds. Should a restricted free agent (restricted free agency movement is fairly rare) sign a contract offer, the Raiders can either match or let the player go. If the player leaves, the Raiders would get draft picks in which they assigned to the player. If restricted free agents aren’t tendered, they become unrestricted free agents. It’s all explained here in this SB Nation article.
Let’s look at the Raiders RFAs. It’s not a long list (the Raiders have several exclusive rights free agents, but they aren’t going anywhere hence the ‘exclusive’ label):
Nicholas Morrow, linebacker: Morrow is the most important player on this list. The former Division III player has become a decent contributor after playing at a Division III program. What a fantastic accomplishment. Morrow has played all 48 games that he has been a Raider. He had 73 tackles last year. Morrow could be a starter for the Raiders in 2020. But they will also try to upgrade. Because he was undrafted, the Raiders wouldn’t get compensation, but they would be able to match a deal if he isn’t given a second-round tender. If he is given that tender, Las Vegas (damn, I typed ‘Oakland’ again) may pay him more than it wants. Still, if the Raiders value him, it could happen. The Raiders would risk Morrow getting a small offer if he isn’t tendered.
Nathan Peterman, quarterback: We all know that Peterman has had support from Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden. But he missed all of last season with an elbow injury. Gruden may want to continue to try to develop Peterman. If so, it likely won’t matter if he is tendered (fifth round) or not. I don’t see there being much competition for his services.
Ukeme Eligwe, linebacker: The Raiders signed him in December. Like Peterman, they can probably keep him in the program whether he is tendered (fifth) or not.