Eugene, Loper as starters?


Contract figures made available to Bay Area News Group indicate the Raiders may be looking at free safety Hiram Eugene and guard Daniel Loper as potential starters.

Eugene, signed before last Thursday’s deadline, signed a four-year contract which pays him $2 million this year, $2.25 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014.

It’s enough money to believe the Raiders have him in mind to start if they don’t want to compete with another team to sign incumbent free safety Michael Huff, scheduled for unrestricted free agency upon completion of a CBA. The Dallas Cowboys, with Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, are rumored to be interested in Huff whenever free agency begins.

Loper’s deal was even more eye-opening.

Paid $630,000 in last season, Loper’s two-year contract pays him $1.9 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012. He started four games at left guard for an injured Robert Gallery, during which time the Raiders were 2-2. Loper was inactive for six games.

The Raiders have also re-signed quarterback Kyle Boller to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, a $250,000 raise over last season. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said he hasn’t heard from the Raiders and Charlie Frye is scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Running back Michael Bennett’s one-year deal will pay him $865,000.

NOTE: Mac’s Football Blog, a solid resource for salary information, reports the Raiders also paid a tidy sum to bring back defensive tackle John Henderson.

Henderson’s deal included a $1.5 million signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed for skill and injury. Henderson showed he still could be a force in the middle of the defense, but missed seven games due to a stress fracture in his foot after missing four games in his previous eight years.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer