Hiram Eugene agrees to stay with Raiders

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Eugene played in 14 games and started four in 2009.

Hiram Eugene signed his restricted free agent tender which will bring him back to the team for the 2010 season. The Oakland Raiders posted it on their website today.

The 29-year old Eugene will be entering his fifth season in the NFL — all with the Raiders. In his four seasons, he’s played in 46 games (starting in 19) and recorded 131 tackles with one interception.

Eugene came to the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech. In his first official NFL season, the safety toiled on the Raiders’ practice squad until being called up for the final game of the 2006 season against the Jets — he was inactive for the game.A year later, Eugene was the starting safety in the final game of the season — taking over for Stuart Schweigert. He started five games that season. Eugene got the start ahead of Michael Huff in 2008, starting 10 games and playing in all 16.

All in all, Eugene has been a valuable member of the Raiders’ special teams coverage units while stepping in when other more highly touted players struggled at the safety position.