Loper and Bennett Sign Contracts

Daniel Loper and Michael Bennett signed contracts prior to the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring.

Loper signed for two years and $4.2 million. The contract contains $300,000 bonus and he will make $1.9 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012. At that number he should be the favorite to start at left guard in 2011.

Bennett signed a one-year $890,000 contract that makes him the primary insurance policy against losing Michael Bush.

That means since the end of the regular season, the Raiders have signed or tagged the following players:

Michael Bennett
Daniel Loper
Nick Miller
Rock Cartwright
Stanford Routt
John Henderson
Richard Seymour
Kamerion Wimbley

Samson Satele
Michael Bush
Zach Miller

The last three are likely to be unrestricted free agents when the league and the union agree on a new CBA.

Michael Huff and Nnamdi Asomugha will also be unrestricted free agents. What was a huge free agent class for the Raiders has been whittled down to five key players. I theorized the Raiders would likely lose two key free agents this offseason and we are right on target with that prediction.

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  • @LeskiwSFBay Say they cut Woodley just b4 next season. He's not landing another job most likely. Leverage to reduce cap #.
    about 5 hours ago
  • @LeskiwSFBay That's why some players negotiate roster bonuses due at start of league year. Have time to shop services.
    about 5 hours ago
  • @LeskiwSFBay Don't have to decide before. Can reel in big fish before throwing him back.
    about 5 hours ago
  • @LeskiwSFBay People forget...elite talents rarely available in free agency unless rare circumstances. Suh is 1, but rare.
    about 5 hours ago
  • @LeskiwSFBay Plenty of money to reel in marquee player assuming they would come. Assuming can keep him for less, still need the bodies/depth
    about 5 hours ago