With NFL free agency officially starting on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PST, the Oakland Raiders have announced the tendering of four potential free agents.
The Raiders announced that defensive lineman Desmond Bryant will be a restrictive free agent, while fullback Marcel Reece, defensive back Bryan McCann and defensive end Mason Brodine will be exclusive rights free agents.
Bryant, as the restrictive free agent, is allowed to talk to other teams but the Raiders have the opportunity to match the offer or receive compensation should he sign elsewhere. The compensation has yet to be revealed.
As for Reece and the other exclusive rights free agents, according to the CBA, they must sign the tender or not play for the 2012 season as they are not allowed to negotiate with other teams when designated as an exclusive rights free agent. Teams can tender players to the exclusive rights free agent if they have not accrued three full seasons by the end of the 2011 league year.
Reece has become a key piece to the Raiders offense as the teams best fullback, as well as a receiving threat out of the backfield. Reece, who was a wide receiver for the University of Washington, played in 12 games last season and hauled in 27 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Reece will help keep familiarity around the Raiders offense, especially with the possible departure from free agent backup running back Michael Bush.
As reported last week by SBReport.net’s own Vic Cotto on Twitter (@cottovic), the Raiders announced the restructuring of linebacker Aaron Curry’s contract to make it more cap-friendly. Curry was set to earn a $5.75 million base salary for next season and the terms of the restructured deal have yet to be revealed.
Curry, who came over midseason as result of a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, started the very first game he was in Oakland and started 11 games in all for the Raiders in 2011. Curry finished the season with 46 tackles.
Curry keeps a familiar face in a thin linebacker corps that may become even thinner with the expected departure of Kamerion Wimbley. Wimbley is set to receive an additional $17 million if on the roster come March 17, but Wimbley’s agent has reported that there have been “no incoming or outgoing calls,” leaving the Raiders and his agent at a stalemate in restructuring negotiations. With free agency starting tomorrow and March 17 coming up soon, expect Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie to act soon regarding Wimbley.