Oakland Raiders: What Are Their Options With Bruce Gradkowski?

Bruce Gradkowski is currently among the Raiders long list of restricted free agents.

In 2009 his playing time was cut short by injury as he was only able to play in three full games. Yet in that short time he was able to impress and bring hope to much of the teams fan base.

As a restricted free agent the Raiders have a lot of options and will need to make a choice on what to do with the journeyman QB.

Here's a look at what the Raiders can do with the scrappy QB.

1. let him walk.

The Raiders choose to do nothing. As an RFA though the Raiders are given first dibs in negotiating with him, they are not required to offer RFAs a new contract. If the Raiders come to the same conclusion as the Bucs, Browns and Rams did. Then this is a likely scenario.

2. Long term deal.

The Raiders may give Gradkowski a multi-year deal and lock him up for the next couple of years. If they decide that he has a part in the Raiders future and then this is a likely scenario. But given Gradkowskis' history, recent injury and the fact that he only played three full games as a Raider. A long term deal is very unlikely.

3. Give him a tender offer.

This is the most likely scenario and will likely lock up Gradkowski for another year. And if a team should out-bid the Raiders for Gradkowskis' services then the Raiders will be compensated with a draft pick. The Raiders have multiple options regarding a tender offer:

Low tender 1.1 million. If the Raiders offer him the lowest tender they can be easily outbid and his value is dictated by where he was drafted. Meaning all a team would have to give up to land Gradkowski is a sixth round pick.

Medium tender 1.7 million. Should the Raiders offer Gradkowski the medium tender. Then in order to steal Gradkowski away a team would have to cough up a second round draft pick.

High tender 2.4 million. If Gradkowski...

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