The Oakland Raiders will retain linebacker Kaelin Burnett after he signed his exclusive right tender today. Because of the exclusive rights tender, Burnett is only allowed to negotiate with the Raiders making the deal easier to get done. It is the second consecutive season Burnett returns on the exclusive rights deal. He joins his brother Kevin Burnett for a second season in silver and black. They are the only pair of brothers in the NFL on the same team and they are the first to play together in the Raiders' history.
Burnett came to the Raiders as an undrafted free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft out of Nevada. He became a member of the practice squad out of training camp as a rookie. He made it to the active roster in his first season appearing in six games as a member of the special teams unit.
Last season, Burnett made improvements, making Oakland's 53 man roster out of training camp. He was one of five linebacker kept after camp with Miles Burris landing on the physically unable to perform list. Burnett played in all 16 games for the Raiders. The 6'4", 240 pound linebacker made 10 special teams tackles and forced a fumble in 2013. The forced fumble came in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The 24 year-old Burnett was converted to a defensive end in college accounting for 14 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his career. His best chance to make the team this upcoming season remains on special teams, but he will look to find ways to earn for defensive snaps in 2014.
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