Today the Raiders had to end the hopes of 26 players who wanted to suit up in Silver and Black this season. This was a big job to be certain, but with the way the team played this preseason, it may not have been all that difficult. Here are the cuts the team made today.
Termination of vested veterans: WR Shaun Bodiford, QB Trent Edwards, S Matt Giordano, G Daniel Loper, CB Lito Sheppard, LB Sam Williams
Waived/Injured: WR Shawn Bayes, G Roy Schuening, CB Jeremy Ware
Waived: TE Kevin Brock, DE Mason Brodine, DB Stevie Brown, DT Jamie Cumbie, LB Chris Francis, LB Bani Gbadyu, DT Derrick Hill, DE Tommie Hill, WR Chad Jackson, LB Jeremy Leman, CB Walter McFadden, WR Eddie McGee, CB Sterling Moore, P Glenn Pakulak, G Alex Parsons, RB Louis Rankin, FB Manase Tonga
QB Terrelle Pryor placed on the reserve/suspended list
The surprises on this list are QB Trent Edwards, G Daniel Loper, LB Sam Williams S Stevie Brown, CB Walter McFadden, and CB Sterling Moore.
Cutting Trent Edwards leaves the team with just two active quarterbacks on the roster in Jason Campbell and Kyle Bolller. Terrelle Pryor will not be active until his suspension is up week six. Even then there is no guarantee he will be ready. Edwards was also neck and neck with Kyle Boller for the backup QB spot, so it is surprising they would part ways.
Loper was re-signed this offseason to replace Robert Gallery at left guard. He has since been unseated by rookie Stefen Wisniewski. Loper has played terribly in the preseason and his release became more and more likely. His release combined with the cuts of Alex Parsons and Roy Schuening leave the Raiders thin at offensive guard.
Sam Williams is one of those guys we all got tired of predicting would get cut, because he always seemed to hang on. For nine years he was a backup linebacker and special teams player for the Raiders, but his time looks to have finally come. This leaves the Raiders lacking depth at stong side linebacker, so I wouldn't be surprised if a signing to replace him isn't in the works.
Stevie Brown was thought at one time to be the heir apparent to Michael Huff at free safety. Well, Huff was re-signed to a big contract and the team turned to Jerome Boyd at free safety. Brown was the odd man out.
News of Walter McFadden being cut came out earlier in the day. He was the Raiders' round five pick last season and has never distinguished himself. He looked plain terrible this preseason. I predicted he would be out but it was far from a certainty. Just because a player has played terribly doesn't always mean the team will give up on him after just one partial season.
Sterling Moore was the best looking corner in camp not named Stanford Routt. A lot of people, including myself, thought he had earned a spot on this team. He is a shoo-in for the practice squad and will likely be activated to the roster this season.
Jeremy Leman was recently signed from the Chargers waiver wire to fill the backup middle linebacker spot. It is very short notice but his departure leaves the Raiders without a backup middle linebacker.
This also means bubble players who did make the team include: WR Derek Hagan, WR Nick Miller, TE Brandon Myers, TE David Ausberry, OT Khalif Barnes, OT Stephon Heyer, S Jerome Boyd, S Mike Mitchell, LB Quentin Groves, LB Darryl Blackstock, and DE Jarvis Moss.
Among the more shocking players to make the team (for now) are: RB Michael Bennett, LB Bruce Davis Jr, TE Richard Gordon, CB Joe Porter, and OT Seth Wand.
The Raiders keeping four tight ends could signal that Kevin Boss won't be ready for the opener against Denver. The Raiders also strangely kept five running backs; four running backs is standard. Porter being chosen over Sterling Moore or the other corners on this squad is another surprise. But, yet again, that could change in the coming days and throughout the season. For now Porter is more of a special teams player. Seth Wand gives the team five offensive tackles. With the team's needs at linebacker and corner, Wand's time in Oakland may last another day or so.
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There seems to be a few people including myself that are thinking that the only reason for the inclusion of Bennett is that we are going to try and trade Bush.. as much as I hate to see him go! Getting nothing would be as stupid as the Bengals letting Palmer sit and rust rather than make some kind of profit on him...
Now my question is, who are the likely candidates for a trade. Who is in need of a #1 running back... and depending on those teams, what can we get off them? This maybe jumping the gun a bit..... but, its interesting me? Draft picks or a player?? we need both!
@ukraider78 trade him to the bears, and marion barber would be cut the next day! bush could start on a lot of teams. DO NOT trade him to the patriots! (except for brady, yea right)! im sure if briggs is traded, he wants to go to a 4-3 team like the bears. i just wonder if financially we can resign him to the big payday he wants. im sure we could make it fit if al wants it, he usually does!
Bush is getting traded. It's the only logical reason to keep 5 RBs. He is a free agent again after the season. You can't let him go without getting something in return. San Diego lost Michael Turner to free agency when they should have traded him the year prior. Atlanta got a starting RB and SD got nothing. Bush's value around the league isn't going to get much higher than it is now, especially if DMac stays healthy. Get something for him while you can. (Briggs please)
I have a feeling that Sheppard will be back after week one. No need to keep Joe Porter, chekwa can play gunner and I think they're trying to mold Boyd into the new Jarrod Cooper
sam williams was cut! no wonder i didn't sleep last night! big al must not be aware of that just yet. brandon merriweather was cut by the pats, go get him and offer up bush and or dhb or some kinda combo to the bears for briggs. they got forte, but barber is not gonna be the bruiser back they want. i know bush is our insurance policy if mcfadden goes down, but jones and company should be able to hold it down. still need a ol still. i would've kept loper and cut barnes myself!
some weird stuff here .... clearly some moves are going to be forthcoming ... only 4 CBs (including DVD and Chek, who are greener than green) ... and Porter, who we list as as a "DB" .. presumably short for "Dont Believe" ... meanwhile, even Nick Miller must be surprised he made the cut ... and Michael Bennett must have photos of Al and Amy !
How Bennett, Miller and Porter made it over Brown, Sheppard and Sterling Moore is beyond me!
@nilbymouth @oaklandraider Maybe? Just maybe, we are looking to trade Michael Bush? This could be the reason Bennett hasn't been cut? Bush is an UFA next year and would be #1 RB for a lot of teams so instead of losing him and not getting anything for him, then it would be wise to trade him now! With our weakness at LB and in the secondary he is actually quite a bargaining tool.
Isn't the Trent Edwards cut one of those things where they don't want him on the team until after the first game so that his salary isn't guaranteed? What I mean is, isn't likely that they resign him after game 1 to be the 3rd QB until Pryor is activated?
@RayderRay You have a point and you may be right. That also could signal return of Sam Williams for same reason.
Brown might not be back now. the Moore release is stupid ... seeing as we only have CJ, DVD, Routt and Porter as our only CBs ... it's starting to look scary in the secondary.
The crazy thing is I see the rational behind the 53 man rooster - with two exceptions - keeping Bennett and Seth Wand. I just hope we can sign Moore and Brown (if eligible) to the practice squad.