Linebacker Thomas Howard received a second-round tender from the Raiders Thursday, beat writer Steve Corkran reports.
After making $535,000 last season, Howard is in line for a $1.759 million salary in 2010 should he remain with the Raiders. If Howard receives an offer from another team and the Raiders don’t match, they’d receive a second-round draft pick in return.
While Kirk Morrison’s original round tender would indicate the Raiders may be planning on a new middle linebacker, it would appear they’re open to Howard returning.
Had the Raiders given the original round tender to Howard, his salary would have been $1.176 million and they still would have received a second-round pick as compensation. Howard was a second-round pick in 2006.
With the second-round designation, it’s an extra $583,000 for Howard. Not sure how to interpret that other than wanting to give a fair market offer to a potential starter who they expect could remain with the team.