More than 200 players who thought they would break the bank and become unrestricted free agents are now restricted free agents due to the uncapped year next season.
Those players who thought they would be able to go out and test the market for their services are restricted free agents now and have high or low tenders behind their names.
That means if they are signed to an offer sheet by another team, that team must give up the draft pick or picks to which each player was assigned unless their current team matches the offer within seven days.
The Raiders had 17 free agents on their current roster. 12 of them are restricted free agents, though eight of them would have been unrestricted, but because of the current situation, they are now restricted free agents.
Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Chris Morris, and John Condo have all signed their tenders with the Raiders, meaning they will return for at least one more year with the team.
John Alston was a restricted free agent but was not tendered by the Raiders, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Cornell Green also left the Raiders to sign with the Buffalo Bills.
Because of the lack of depth in the unrestricted free agent market this year, expect teams to dip into the restricted free agent pool more than usual.
The Raiders currently have some players that can and will attract plenty of interest from other teams.
Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard are players that could easily be wined and dined by other teams.
Morrison was tendered with only a third-round pick despite the fact that he rarely misses games and has led the Raiders in tackles in the past five years.
He's been linked to the New York Giants by many reporters because they recently released MLB Antonio Pierce. The move makes a lot of sense for the Giants and could be a career move that Morrison may enjoy.
Morrison was a guest of Adam Schein and Solomon Wilcots recently on "The Sirius Blitz" on Sirius NFL Radio. These were some of his comments.
"I'm technically an Oakland Raider still. That's No. 1," Morrison said. "But at the same time, you have to explore your options for the future, for the long term. There are some teams out there that would be a good fit, I feel like. But we just have to wait and see."
Is a third-round pick fair compensation for a guy that's been consistent for five years? I guess Al Davis thinks so.
Howard was tendered with a second-round pick, which most likely means he'll stay another year with the Raiders.
Will the Offices of Morrison and Howard be separated in 2010? Only time will tell; but we can be sure of one thing: Stanford Routt a sparingly used cornerback will be a Raider this year.
He received the highest tender for a restricted free agent, a team would have to give up a first- and third-round pick to sign Routt.
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