By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 9:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders made qualifying offers to quarterback Charlie Frye and fullback Luke Lawton, keeping them off the unrestricted free agent market which opened about 20 minutes ago.
Frye was given an original round tender. A five-year veteran, Frye would earn $1,226 million with the Raiders in 2010 if on the roster this season. If he brings back an offer sheet from another team and the Raiders don’t match it, they would receive a third-round pick. Frye was a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2005, No. 67 overall.
Lawton was given simply a right of first-refusal tender. If he were to be signed by another team, there would be no compensation. Lawton ended the 2009 season and will open the 2010 season on a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs.
The Raiders did not extend qualifying offers to tackle Khalif Barnes or linebacker Jon Alston, meaning they are free agents.
One or both could still be signed by the Raiders during free agency.
The final tally of Raiders restricted free agents and their levels of compensation:
LB Ricky Brown, 2nd round
LS Jon Condo, 2nd round
S Hiram Eugene, 2nd round
QB Charlie Frye, 3rd round
QB Bruce Gradkowski, 2nd round
LB Thomas Howard, 2nd round
FB Luke Lawton, right of first refusal
C Chris Morris, 7th round
LB Kirk Morrison, 3rd round
CB Stanford Routt, 1st and 3rd round
RFA’s not tendered: Jon Alston, Khalif Barnes