Rod Streater was an undrafted gem the Raiders mined from leftovers of the 2012 NFL draft class. He paid immediate dividends, with strong two strong seasons to start his career before a fractured foot ruined the last one.
The injury did not give the Raiders pause. Streater is set to become a restricted free agent, and the team did not want to let him leave.
They gave him a second-round contract tender, per a league source, which virtually assures his return to the Raiders next season.
Streater is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Raiders have the right to match any offer sheet given to him. If they decline, the other team must give up a second-round draft pick in return. That isn’t expected to happen.
Streater and the Raiders are free to work out a longer-term deal in the coming weeks. If not, Streater will end up signing a one-year contract with $2.356 million, the total mandated with the second-round tender.
While Streater is expected to return, Andre Holmes’ future is somewhat up in the air. The Raiders gave him an original-round tender worth $1.542 million, according to a separate league source. But, because he went undrafted, the Raiders don’t get compensation if they refuse to match an offer sheet from another team.
There should be interest in Holmes on the open market. He’s a legitimate deep threat who can secure passes in the air. While he still needs to develop, Holmes had 47 receptions for a team-high 693 yards last season. He also had five touchdowns.
Punter Marquette King and safeties Brandian Ross and Larry Asante are also restricted free agents, though tenders offered to them were not immediately known.