By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 3:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The agent for quarterback Bruce Gradkowski confirmed that his client received a second-round tender from the Raiders, making it likely he’ll be competing with JaMarcus Russell for the starting job this season.
With four accrued seasons, Gradkowski can seek a contract elsewhere, with the Raiders having the ability to match or accept a second-round draft pick as compensation. If he plays under the tender figure, he would earn $1,759 million this season.
Given Gradkowski has played for three teams in three years, it seems unlikely his brief run of success would bring a second-round draft pick in return.
If Adam Caplan’s report on Stanford Routt is correct (first- and third-round tender), an inconsistent cornerback who started one game is more highly valued than the four-year starter at middle linebacker and the potential starting quarterback.
It would stand as the most head-scratching Raiders deal since Tommy Kelly.
Profooballtalk.com, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is reporting Ricky Brown received a second-round tender which would give him a slight bump from his $1.545 million salary last season.