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.