After claiming several weeks ago that he would buy out the final year of his contract and enter free agency, Oakland running back Charlie Garner is now willing to consider extending his contract with the Raiders. "He's not writing a check," agent Brian Levy told the Contra Costa Times. "But I don't think he's interested in a one-year deal. He wants to know where he's going to be for years to come."
Garner's change of heart likely had a lot to do with the fact that Charles Woodson will be back in the Silver and Black next season. Ironically, the Raiders use of their franchise tag on Woodson means they'll have less cap room to work out a deal for Garner. Given the number of backs already in Oakland (Tyrone Wheatley, Justin Fargas, Zack Crockett) and the power running game Norv Turner uses, it would be best for Garner's fantasy value if he landed a job elsewhere. The Bears are looking for more speed and pass-catching ability in their backfield, and Garner has been mentioned as a possible target
This definitely affects his value. I was expecting a moderate resurgence for him if he landed in Tampa.