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The Oakland Raiders have retained four free agents

Raiders keep four of their own

The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they have retained four of their own free agents from this offseason.

Defensive lineman Denico Autry entered the offseason as a restricted free agent but has been retained by the Silver & Black. Autry will be entering his fourth season for the Raiders after appearing in all 16 games last year with seven starts, while posting 37 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Autry is also a key piece to the special teams, having blocked four kicks (two PATs and one field goal) over the last two seasons.

The Raiders also have kept three exclusive rights free agents: TE Gabe Holmes, G Denver Kirkland and WR Seth Roberts.

Holmes missed all of last year after suffering an injury in last year's preseason opener. 

Kirkland is entering his second season with the Raiders, appearing in six games (four starts) for the team in 2016 while playing primarily as an extra offensive lineman after TE Lee Smith was injured. 

Roberts joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and is entering his fourth season. He goes into the new year after setting a career high with 38 receptions last year, adding 397 yards and five touchdowns. He has also proven to be a key target for quarterback Derek Carr late in games, hauling in four game-winning touchdowns over his last three seasons.


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