Tight end Gabe Holmes signed the contract tender offered to him as an exclusive rights free agent on Thursday. The 26-year old Purdue alum missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury, but is healthy again and will join a deep, talented position group that also includes Jared Cook, Lee Smith and Clive Walford.
Holmes spent most of his rookie year on the practice squad, though he was on the 53-man roster later in the 2015 season but never active. Standing 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Holmes has the size and athleticism to be a versatile, productive NFL tight end. He'll be in the mix trying to make next season's roster, and can certainly add value on special teams should the Raiders choose to keep four tight ends.
An exclusive rights free agent tender is offered to free agents with less than three years NFL experience. That player can't negotiate with other teams, and must sit out the year if they don't sign with the team offering the contract.
ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.
He was on the sideline to start a 3rd-down-and-16 play in the second quarter, when a draw was called. Quarterback Derek Carr was stopped quickly, yet Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters delivered a late hit many Raiders didn’t appreciate.
A scuffle ensued, and Lynch ran on to the field to enter the fray. You can’t do that.
It seemed like he was getting between Raiders teammates and Peters, Lynch’s good friend and fellow Oakland native. He made contact with an official during the incident, and seemed to push him before realizing the man was wearing stripes.
He was ejected by rule and forced to leave the field immediately. Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official and will possibly face a suspension.
The Raiders were granted a first down, but ultimately missed a field goal attempt.
Lynch wasn’t active on that drive or the series before, spending that time with his helmet off. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Lynch was ejected. He had two carries for nine yards at the time.
The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense.
Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.
Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle.
The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs:
Cornerback Gareon Conley
Quarterback Connor Cook
Linebacker Cory James
Linebacker Marquel Lee
Tackle Marshall Newhouse
Defensive End Jihad Ward
Tackle Jylan Ware