Nicholas Morrow

Raiders give Nathan Peterman, Nicholas Morrow, David Sharpe RFA tenders

Raiders give Nathan Peterman, Nicholas Morrow, David Sharpe RFA tenders

The Raiders strengthened their hold on three restricted free agents. The Silver and Black gave linebacker Nicholas Morrow a second-round contract tender and placed an original-round tenders on quarterback Nathan Peterman and offensive tackle David Sharpe.

Morrow would be due $3.2 million and Peterman would be set to make $2.1 million if they make the initial first 53-man roster.

The deals are not otherwise guaranteed.

Other teams can negotiate with the Raiders' restricted free agents and sign them to offer sheets, but the Raiders have a right to match. Peterman was a fifth-round draft pick, so they would receive a selection in that round if they choose to let the signal-caller sign with another team. Offensive tackle David Sharpe was a fourth-round pick, so the Raiders would get a selection in that round if Sharpe was lured elsewhere. 

As Morrow's tender suggests, the Raiders would be due a second-round pick if they didn't match Morrow's deal. That essentially locks the undrafted coverage linebacker to the Raiders, where he should be the porimary back in the middle and on the weak side. 

The Raiders respect both young players. Peterman was coach Jon Gruden’s pet project and showed practice development before an elbow injury ended his season just before the 2019 regular season began.

Peterman will be back to compete with the quarterbacks on the roster and should battle for a backup job. He could be a trade chip if he has a solid preseason but doesn’t fit on the depth chart. He can be cut if it doesn’t work out.

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Morrow has proven a solid reserve in recent seasons and has taken primary roles due to injured starters. He had 73 tackles in 16 games played with eight starts. 

Raiders' Nicholas Morrow, Richie Incognito earn performance-based pay

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Raiders' Nicholas Morrow, Richie Incognito earn performance-based pay

Two Raiders players outperformed their 2019 salaries and received raises from the NFL on Thursday.

Las Vegas linebacker Nicholas Morrow and offensive lineman Richie Incognito were among the players that benefited from the NFL's performance-based pay program.

Morrow, who earned a base salary of $645,000 last season, earned $309,968 in performance-based pay and earned an additional $220,013 from the veteran pool, for a total of $529,981 in distributed money.

Incognito, who earned $1.03 million with the Raiders in 2019 according to Spotrac.com, earned $279,239 in performance-based pay and $179,329 from the veteran pool, for a total of $476,567.

Following the conclusion of the 2019 regular season, the Raiders re-signed Incognito to a two-year contract worth $12.7 million with $5 million in guaranteed money.

Morrow is scheduled to be a restricted free agent when the new league year begins.

What exactly is the NFL's performance-based pay program? Here's how the league describes it:

"Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.  In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pools."

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According to the league, they handed out $231.152 million in additional salary through the program Thursday.

Assuming Morrow stays with the Raiders, both players will have a little extra money to help them transition from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Raiders injury report: Arden Key to miss significant time with broken foot

Raiders injury report: Arden Key to miss significant time with broken foot

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders are banged up without much time to recover before Thursday night’s game against the L.A. Chargers.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said three players were set for MRIs on Monday, and a source said the results were mixed.

Further testing confirmed Raiders fears that defensive end Arden Key had suffered a broken foot. He's expected to miss significant time, a real setback for a second-year pro who's starting to finish sacks and make positive strides. He had sacks in back-to-back games, including a third-down takedown in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

The news was better for star right tackle Trent Brown. His MRI showed no significant damage, and there's a chance he could play against the Chargers. He could be questionable for that game, though that won't be known until Wednesday's injury report is released.

Cornerback Daryl Worley has a strained Achilles’ tendon that is not torn. Worley had an MRI but should be OK moving forward, though the quick turnaround puts his status in some question. 

Center Rodney Hudson missed the Lions game with an ankle sprain, and the Raiders aren’t sure if he’ll be able to play against the Chargers. He practiced Friday and was active some in pre-game warmups but ultimately was rendered inactive.

“I don’t know how close he was. He gave it everything he could,” Gruden said of Hudson. “I don’t know his status for this game, either. I’ll cross my fingers. He just couldn’t push off [the injured ankle].”

Players were given Monday off, but the team had to submit an estimated participation report anyway. Nicholas Morrow showed up there with a groin injury.

Also, the Raiders formally activated cornerback Isaiah Johnson off injured reserve. Linebacker Brandon Marshall was waived in a corresponding move. The veteran was back with the team for less than a week. Fellow new linebacker Will Compton was activated over him and played defense and special teams.

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Here’s the estimated participation report submitted by the team:

Raiders practice report

MONDAY
Did not practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
DE Arden Key (foot)
LB Nicholas Morrow (groin)
CB Daryl Worley (ankle)

Limited practice
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
C Andre James (ankle)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
S Erik Harris (illness)
DT Johnathan Hankins (foot)