Matt McGloin was kept for this reason; now we will see if Raiders were right

The Oakland Raiders weren’t taking any chances with Matt McGloin back in March.

They put a second-round restricted tender on their No. 2 quarterback, eliminating the possibility another team could sign McGloin without the Raiders receiving compensation.

Added cost: a little less than $900,000, which would certainly be money well spent if McGloin can do enough in place of injured MVP candidate Derek Carr to keep the Raiders’ magical season from falling apart with Carr’s broken fibula.

They’re 12-3, on the way to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, in position to secure a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs … and turning to a onetime Penn State walk-on who hasn’t started a regular-season NFL game in three years.

McGloin, 27, never signed an offer sheet from another team, which the Raiders would’ve had the right to match or receive a second-round pick if they didn’t. (Had they given McGloin the low tender, they would’ve received nothing if he signed an offer sheet and they didn’t match, since he was undrafted in 2013.)

The numbers – eight touchdown passes, eight interceptions

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