The Raiders have until March 12 to sign any of their 17 prospective unrestricted free agents before other teams can make offers to them. While there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in bringing back tight end Brandon Myers, the team was talking to outside linebacker Philip Wheeler's agent Wednesday.

"I'm anxious," Wheeler said over the phone. "They're negotiating right now. I'm not sure if it's going well or not."

A five-year veteran, Wheeler would like to test the free-agent market after his one season with the Raiders, where he put up career highs of 109 tackles and three sacks.

"I don't know if coming back (to Oakland) is the best scenario or not," Wheeler said. "I had a good time here, but I'm not sure who's on the team next year. And I don't know how much other teams are going to be interested or which teams. It's exciting.

"There's no telling what's going to happen."

Wheeler is coming off a two-win season with the Colts followed by a four-win season with the Raiders, so better teams might get more consideration than richer teams.

"There's plenty of teams out there," Wheeler said. "It's very important to me to get back to being part of a winning organization."