Oakland middle linebacker Kirk Morrison tweeted earlier tonight that he signed his restricted free agent tender with the team today and is “excited to see what the 2010 season holds.”
Could the year hold a move for Morrison?
Listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 240 pounds, the 28-year old Morrison has been a tackling machine for the Raiders since he was drafted out of San Diego State in 2005 — he has 631 total tackles in five seasons, an average of 126 per year. He had 133 (109 solo) for Oakland in 2009, with two sacks and three forced fumbles.
And he played for Rob Ryan, the Raiders’ former defensive coordinator and a Patriots’ linebackers coach from 2000-03.
And New England and Oakland have been frequent trading partners in recent years.
There is one impediment to Morrison potentially coming to New England: despite his impressive stats, Oakland tendered him at just the original-round level, and Morrison was a third-round pick. The Pats don’t currently have a third-round pick (ironically, it is with Oakland, sent there with a fifth-rounder for Derrick Burgess…), but as tomorrow is the deadline for teams to present offer sheets to RFAs and given the number of trades the Raiders and Pats have made, something could probably be worked out if the two sides are interested.