By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 2:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Add center Samson Satele to the list of players who receive contract tenders form the Raiders in advance of last Thursday’s deadline.
Satele’s tender level was not available, and like Michael Bush and Zach Miller, he’ll be eligible for the open market if four-year players are granted unrestricted free agency in a new collective bargaining agreement.
In his second year with the Raiders, Satele played much better as coach Hue Jackson encorporated gap and power blocking into what was an exclusively zone system under Tom Cable. Acquired from Miami after the Dolphins signed Jake Grove to a free agent contract, Satele found himself behind Chris Morris as he originally struggled in 2009 with the zone system.
In 2010, with the Raiders, Satele was particularly strong as a second-level blocker on some of Darren McFadden’s biggest runs as the Raiders went from 21st in rushing to second.
Satele is currently the only center on the roster and the Raiders could be looking at the position during the draft.
The obvious speculation falls upon Penn State’s Stefan Wisniewski, nephew of former Raiders guard and assistant line coach Steve Wisniewski. The combine produced one Raiders-type workout warrior in Ryan Bartholomew of Syracuse, who led all centers with a 4.93 time in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 302 pounds and had the most reps in the bench press with 34. Bartholomew is rated as a seventh round or undrafted free agent prospect by NFLDraftscout.com.
In other Raiders-related news:
– Cornerback Stanford Routt talks about his contract extension and says the Raiders were “three or four plays away from being 11-5 in this Q&A with the National Football Post.
– Larry Kennan, executive director of the NFL coaches association, told CSN-Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco that Raiders assistant coaches would receive a 33 percent reduction in pay if a work stoppage goes 90 days and would lose 50 percent of their salary after six months.
– I’ve long thought building new stadiums in the Bay Area would be a difficult proposition because the Giants set the bar impossibly high with privately financed, AT&T Park, and it sounds as if Gov. Jerry Brown is thinking the same thing in a Matier and Ross report in the Chronicle.
“Private enterprise should be able to survive on its own, as witnessed at Pac Bell (AT&T) Park,” Brown said.
As for the Raiders and 49ers, Brown suggested playing games at soon-to-be-renovated Memorial Stadium and the remodeled stadium at Stanford.
Guessing that isn’t going to be a serious consideration for Al Davis.