Morrison signs tender with Raiders

Middle linebacker Kirk Morrison has signed his restricted free

agent tender contract offer with the Oakland Raiders.

Morrison says he signed the deal Wednesday that will pay him

about $2.5 million for next season if he makes the team. The

Raiders put only a third-round tender on Morrison. But no team was

willing to give up that pick to sign him. Now that Morrison is

under contract, the Raiders are able to trade him if they

desire.

Morrison has been the leading tackler on the Raiders the past

four seasons. But Oakland has had one of the league’s worst run

defenses in that time. If Morrison remains with the Raiders he will

likely compete with Ricky Brown for the starting middle linebacker

spot.