By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at 10:59 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Tennessee Titans are planning to issue restricted free agent tenders to four- and five-year players whose contracts have expired before the end of the league year on Friday, according to the Tennessean.
It’s a tact the Raiders could choose with tight end Zach Miller and running back Michael Bush, the most notable players who fall into that category for Oakland.
It doesn’t appear as if Miller was not going to be franchised, despite speculation to the contrary. According to one source, the plan was to keep Kamerion Wimbley through a buyback and franchise Stanford Routt if an agreement on a longterm deal was reached.
When Routt was signed to a three-year extension with $20 million guaranteed and $31.5 million overall, the Raiders instead used the tag on Wimbley when the buyback originally put in the contract by the Cleveland Browns was disallowed for violating the 30 percent rule.
There are no assurances RFA tenders will hold up in a new collective bargaining agreement. If unrestricted free agency is set at four years in a new CBA and Miller and/or Bush are not under contract, they would be on the open market.
The Carolina Panthers franchised center Ryan Kalil , a four-year veteran at a cost of $10 million.
By contrast, a first- and third-round tender last year cost a team just $3.268 million.