The Raiders offseason program starts on Monday, and receiver Rod Streater wants to hit the ground running. That’s why the fourth-year pro intends to sign his restricted free agent tender weeks before the April 24 deadline to do so.
A league source told CSN Bay Area that Streater will sign his second-round tender on Monday, officially putting him under contract for the 2015 season.
Streater isn’t the only restricted free agent with that plan. Punter Marquette King will do to the same thing. King received an original-round tender and plans to sign it and get started working with this new coaching staff.
Streater’s second-round tender is worth $2.356 million. King’s original-round tender is worth $1.542 million.
While both players would prefer long-term contracts, signing tenders now is a good-faith gesture designed to make an early impression on the new Raiders coaching staff.
Streater wants to prove he’s 100 percent healthy after missing the last 13 games with a fractured foot. He was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, but could not come back from the tricky injury despite practicing some in 2014. He’s in terrific shape and is expected to play a significant role in this year’s passing game.
King wants to continue his professional ascent after proving himself a Top 10 punter in the NFL. He seems like a logical long-term extension candidate considering his youth, talent and upside.
Streater should be in that position as well, especially if he impresses head coach Jack Del Rio’s staff as he did with the last regime. He led the Raiders with 888 receiving yards in 2013, his last season played in full.