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Jalen Richard re-signs with Raiders, returns for fourth season

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Jalen Richard re-signs with Raiders, returns for fourth season

Jalen Richard will be back in Silver and Black for a fourth season.

The running back re-signed with the Raiders on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced.

Last season, Richard carried the ball 55 times for 259 yards and scored one touchdown. But his real value came as a receiving threat out of the backfield, as he caught 68 passes for 607 yards.

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Richard re-joins an Oakland running back corps that consists of Isaiah Crowell, DeAndre Washington, Chris Warren III and James Butler.

Back on March 7, the Raiders gave Richard a second-round tender, which is worth $3.095 million.

NFL rumors: Bears approached by multiple teams about Jordan Howard trade

NFL rumors: Bears approached by multiple teams about Jordan Howard trade

Add another running back to the list who could be a potential target for the Raiders.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that multiple teams have approached the Bears about trading for tailback Jordan Howard. 

Howard, 24, rushed for 935 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018, but split time with explosive running back Tarik Cohen in Chicago's backfield. Schefter writes that "questions remain as to whether [Howard] is a long-term fit in coach Matt Nagy's offense," so the trade rumors have begun to swirl.

Howard burst on the scene in 2016 as a rookie, rushing for 1,313 yards and making the Pro Bowl. But he has not been able to match those numbers since and is in the final year of his contract.

While the Raiders issued an RFA tender to running back Jalen Richard on Thursday, the team's other two running backs in 2018 -- Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin -- are unrestricted free agents.

The Raiders previously have been linked to former Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown, and many other high-profile players. They have the cap room (about $73 million, per OverTheCap.com), and the desire to make a "splash" after Gruden's first season in Oakland did not go according to plan.

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So if Lynch and Martin leave in free agency and Bell signs elsewhere, perhaps a trade for Howard could be in the cards.

Because with Gruden and these Raiders, you never know. As Kevin Garnet infamously said, "Anything is posssssssible!"

Sources: Raiders give Daryl Worley, Jalen Richard second-round RFA tenders

Sources: Raiders give Daryl Worley, Jalen Richard second-round RFA tenders

The Raiders handed out two second-round tenders to restricted free agents on Thursday, sources told NBC Sports California.

NFL Network was first to report the news.

Daryl Worley was Carolina’s third-round draft pick back in 2015. The talented cornerback has bounced around some since, after two years with the Panthers, a trade to Philadelphia that didn’t last after some legal trouble, followed by a strong rebound year in Oakland.

He’s set for restricted free agency, and the Raiders could have saved a million bucks by offering an original round tender. They would’ve received a third-round pick if Worley was wooed away, but they wanted less risk.

That’s why attached a second-round tender to a player they’re counting on to start at outside cornerback next season.

The second-round tender is worth $3.095 million, and while teams can sign him to an offer sheet, the Raiders have the right to match and would get a second-round pick in return.

That’s prohibitive for the competition, meaning Worley is fully expected to be a Raider next season.

The Raiders didn’t mess around with running back Jalen Richard, either, offering the valued running back a second-round tender. That was essential for the 2016 undrafted free agent who would’ve been a coveted player if team’s didn’t have to give up a draft pick for the signing.

Head coach Jon Gruden has great affinity for Worley and Richard, with big plans for both players.

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Gruden also liked safety Erik Harris, who proved to be a solid defender after years as primarily a special teams player. Harris was given an original-round tender worth $2.025 million. The Raiders can match an offer sheet for the valued and respected contributor, but wouldn’t receive compensation for the former undrafted free agent.

Harris is also expected to return next season. He'll compete to start at free safety -- he played there extensively last season -- or be the reserve option at both safety spots.