Former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski had an off year in 2014. He wasn’t bad by any stretch, but at times wasn’t his normal, consistent self heading towards unrestricted free agency.
There’s a reason why. Wisniewski played part of last season with a torn labrum that required offseason shoulder surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The procedure has hindered Wisniewski’s market value. He remains unsigned nearly three weeks after free agency started on March 10 despite visits to the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to the report, St. Louis, Kansas City and the Bears could be interested as well.
The Raiders were content to let Wisniewski leave as a free agent. The parties discussed a contract extension for the 2011 second-round draft pick on several occasions, but couldn’t agree on terms due to a discrepancy in value.
The team spent big money to upgrade the position, giving Kansas City center Rodney Hudson a five-year, $44.5 million contract early in free agency.
Wisniewski is the nephew of former Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski.