Monday, February 4, 2013
More potential cuts for Oakland
By Tim Kavanagh
Any time a new front office and/or head coach takes over an NFL team, there is the possibility that they'll want to do a significant roster churn, kicking players they don't like to the curb and bringing in folks they believe will help them. The best recent example of this strategy working quite well is the Seattle Seahawks following Pete Carroll's hire as HC. With Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen in control of the Oakland Raiders, it appears that their roster overhaul will continue this offseason.
One of the areas where there could be substantial change is on the defensive line. ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson explains:
Bill WilliamsonChange in store for Oakland's D-line
"Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is a free agent and very likely will not return. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly's production fell as well in 2012, and he is a top candidate to be cut, because Oakland is currently over the salary cap for 2013. Kelly, 32, reportedly has a salary cap number of more than $11 million in 2013. He has two years remaining on his contract. The Raiders reportedly could save more than $7 million if they cut Kelly. So, at this point, it would be surprised if he is kept. The change on the line doesn't just affect the inside players. Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy is a free agent. He was once considered a potential standout, but his play slipped in 2012 and he lost playing time to fellow free-agent Andre Carter, who was signed during the season. Desmond Bryant is also a free agent. At times, he was one of Oakland's best defensive linemen last season. Bryant could get interest on the open market."