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Wilson latest to go from ’08 spending spree

The Raiders search for a strong safety continues.

A little more than a year after winning a championship with the New York Giants and cashing in with a lucrative free agent contract with the Raiders, Gibril Wilson is looking for a job.

Wilson, along with wide receiver Ronald Curry and defensive end Kalimba Edwards, were released Friday as the Raiders began to clear the books for the signings of Nnamdi Asomugha, Shane Lechler and the still-unnannounced signing of Chris Johnson.

The Raiders must be at $123 million when free agency begins Feb. 27, and were reportedly $8 million under before the signings of Asomugha, Lechler and Johnson.

A team official confirmed the moves, which were listed as transactions on Raiders.com, with no comment.

In all, the cuts cleared $6.2 million in salary cap space.

Wilson was due a $2.5 million salary and had a pending roster bonus of $4.5 million. With a salary cap figure of $8.4 million and $7 million in pro-rated bonus money from his original signing bonus of $8.4 million, it the release cleared $1.4 million in cap space but will mean $7 million in dead money under the cap.

Curry, due $3.5 million in salary, had a $4.1 cap figure and $1.8 million of pro-rated bonus money for a $2.3 million savings.

Edwards, with a cap figure just under $3.2 million with $697,500 in bonus pro-ration, clears another $2.5 million from under the cap.

The Wilson dump is the latest black mark on last year’s offseason spending spree, which included huge deals with Tommy Kelly, trade acquisition DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Javon Walker.

Wilson finished the season with 129 tackles, second on the team to Kirk Morrison, withfour passes defensed, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

Despite the numbers, he wasn’t nearly the in-the-box force the Raiders had hoped for when they signed him early in free agency.

Wilson, during the first quarter of the season, called playing for the Raiders a “soap opera” as the Lane Kiffin-Al Davis feud dominated the news. It’s conceivable the Raiders offered Wilson a chance to stay at reduced rate, much as they did LaMont Jordan in 2007.

Curry’s release comes as no surprise, and in fact he was told days ago a release would be forthcoming.

Edwards started 11 games for the Raiders after arriving as a free agent from the Detroit Lions. He finished with five sacks, but had none in the last eight games, missing the last two because of injury.

For now, tackle Kwame Harris, another 2007 acquisition, remains on the roster. Should the Raiders cut Harris, it would represent an $7.2 million savings against the salary cap.

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  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    JHill Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Whatever you guys say about the line. All I know is you don’t draft RT, RG, or C at #7.
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    Can’t argue with that. DT is NOT an area of immediate need. LT is. This draft has some of the best LT prospects in the last 5 years. Normally there might be one or two, this years draft has three or four. And let me ask you guys a question. What if Mario Henderson CAN’T cut it at LT?? Then what happens?? We all saw what happened when Kwame Harris got repeatedly run over. When your LT gets smoked repeatedly, you have the 31st best offense out of 32 teams. Which means your defense is going to suck ass as well, unless you have an incredible defense with incredible leadership and players with personal fortitude.

  • JHill

    Merriman has Williams etc.
    LT had Burt.
    These guys work in tandems.

    Rey would not be the force he was in college behind our Dline.

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    Lawrence Taylor and Shawn Merriman?

    So the DTs help our OLBs? Wow! Anything to make an argument.

    And there is no such thing as an NFL LB running free which is exactly why we need a much more physical Mauluga instead of Morrison. Antonio Pierce was on the other day talking about that exact point. We need a MLB who can take on block and shed them. MLBs ALWAYS have a blocker assigned to them.

  • JHill

    What if Mario Henderson CAN’T cut it at LT??

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    What if he can?

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    JHill Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    The ends and nose tackle in a 3-4 have very different responsibilities than the ends and tackles in a 4-3. They’re primarily asked to occupy blockers while the linebackers make most of the plays, with outside linebackers providing the bulk of the pass rush. In a 4-3, ends and tackles generally are the main playmakers and are expected to generate most of the pressure on the quarterback

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    So now we need Raji at 7 to help with the pass rush?

    Unbelievable!

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    Once again, have to agree with Jhill on this one. Our pass rush was ranked about average, and actually was much better than advertised because opposing offenses were throwing timing balls very quickly off the snap to NEGATE the pass rush. And this was with our best pass rusher, Derrick Burgess out for half the season. Defensive line is not an area of immediate neeed.

  • JHill

    No way we draft Smith or Oher at 7. Just not going to happen.

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    # JHill Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    What if Mario Henderson CAN’T cut it at LT??

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    What if he can?
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    Answering a question with a question is not really acceptable. But to answer your question, then you would have either 1) one of the best tackle tandems in the league, or 2) an excellent set of LT’s one of which could be traded for very high value considering one you would have at a very low salary number. Not a bad position to be in. And it beats the hell out of, drafted a WR or DL, LT is no good, and our team blows donkey dix.

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    # S&B (The Raiders select BJ Raji, DT Boston College) Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I wonder how many reps Terdell Sands could do?
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    I can answer that. Sands can lift a 35 pound ham thousands of times.

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    I think Rey and Cushing are going to surprise some people here. Also Robert Ayers IMO should be in the discussion. I really don’t see why Orakpo is rated any higher than he is.

    So far Jason Smith has impressed me tha most of all the OT though I haven’t seen Andre Smith. But even Jason Smith is not what I consider a can’t miss OT in fact I haven’t seen one as good J Ogden and not close to O Pace. These guuy’s are good but IMO somehat overrated. J Smith reminds me of J Long last year whom I really liked. But W Beatty IMO could be as good as any of then if he developes.

    So IMO W Beatty in the 2nd would make me very happy.

    Mike Wallace the WR in rnd 4 would be a very nice get.

  • JHill

    Answering a question with a question is not really acceptable.

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    LOL!

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    Actually I’m hoping That Andre Smith drops to 7 it would be good to have that type of talent available if the coaches see what they ant to see before the draft from.

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    Personally Priest, I think Cushing is going to make the better pro than Mauluga. Ayers is climbing up the draft boards right now, but you have to wonder where has he been the last three years?

    Andre Smith, unfortunately, is falling off the table right now, which could be good for us. He left the combine unannounced, which was REALLY foolish, and is going to have his own workout day. Oooookkaaay. Whatever. Maybe he should get on the bench and start lifting with the other prospects.

  • JHill

    No sight of a Grove resigning yet, so I’m going to stick with Eric Wood in the 2nd rd. If Raji is truly the man, then I want the guy who was handling him one on one from the C and G position.

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    If Andre Smith dropped to #7, I would be jumping up and down!!

  • blackdeath29

    first time post.i thought everyone in here were raider fans.

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    Gotta say Jhill I completely agree again. Wood is going to be an excellent player. The thing that makes Alex Mack such a good prospect is Mack is a very very smart guy. You want guys like that!!

  • JHill

    Adam Schefter
    Curtain closing on Raiders’ high-priced ‘08 free agents
    Posted: February 22nd, 2009 | Adam Schefter | Tags: Javon Walker, Oakland Raiders

    Last offseason, Oakland spent millions to sign CB DeAngelo Hall, S Gibril Wilson and WR Javon Walker.

    Already, Hall and Wilson have been jettisoned — Hall cut during the season, and Wilson cut after it. Now, Walker could be next.

    Walker is due a $5 million bonus payment March 3. It is likely that the Raiders would rather release him than pay it. Thus, for the second straight offseason, an AFC West team is likely to release Walker.

    If and when the Raiders release Walker, he will count against their salary cap for an eye-popping $14.16 million. It is a huge number to absorb, but the Raiders believe it is the right move to make.

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    If they cut Walker, we REALLY know they mean business!

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    # blackdeath29 Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    first time post.i thought everyone in here were raider fans.
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    We wish. Basically, you are going to find the greatest Raider fans in the world here, and some absolute Raider hating garbage. It’s not hard to see who is who.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Oakglenn

    You talk like we can draft any of the LT prospects.

    That’s not gonna happen, Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe will be gone.

    Andre Smith may or may not be available, but here’s the latest on him:

    “Sources later said Smith’s interviews with teams have been going horribly. He’s been inappropriately dressed and has been giving a number of conflicting statements as to why he was choosing not to workout at the combine.

    Several offensive line coaches have already suggested Smith be removed from their team’s draft board and there’s no doubt his draft stock is falling.”

    Then there’s Michael Oher, the one guy who scouts consider the riskiest pick, could well be better than any of the other guys or….a major bust.

    It’s not as simple as you make it out to be.

    Andre Smith and Michael Oher have all the talent in the world, they should not be available at 7th, if they are it’s only because there may be something wrong with their heads.

  • blackdeath29

    the real oakglenn.cushing better than maualuga,based on what?

  • JHill

    I disagree at this point on Andre Smith. I just don’t think we can take the chance on a potential headcase. Dude gets kicked off the team before a big bowl game, doesn’t show up in shape to the combine, and then the “miscommunication” on his part that caused him to leave the combine early. I mean, what is this guy thinking?

    Oh, and that little thing about us already having a LT, and not drafting a RT at 7.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    That being said, I’d take a long look at both if they were available…..

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Nice to see you back Bob. This is your time of year!

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    Jhill, Shefter is talking out of his ass. As usual. Not that I want “Jivin” here, but what would you do? Pay “jivin” 6 mil and hope he somehow shows up in a position of need, or take a $14mm+ hit against the cap, which is MORE than the amount Nnamdi and Jamarcus cost, for no production. Probably best to keep him thru camp and see what happens. And if he retires again, there you go.

  • Charlie

    Guys, something is wrong with Andre Smith.
    Too much inconsistent behavior.
    We do not need another project.
    Cable will go with Beatty or Britton before we deal with a personality disorder.

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    Oak I think the coaches are already jumping up and down at that possibility.

    I would take a very long look for reason to not take a prospect of his ability. If he’s what they say he is.

  • http://none MaddenRaider

    Charlie,

    We’re going in a different direction?

    We’ve just set a record for consecutive 11 loss seasons and we’ve made NO CHANGES in upper management. What color’s the sky in your world?

  • JHill

    Say what you want about the rumor monger, but he’s usually right about the Raiders.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I read this morning that Russell’s ankle surgery, might cause him to balloon to 300lbs…….Nah

  • JHill

    Let me just say this about an OT at 7 like Andre Smith or Michael Oher, they BETTER be able to beat out Marion and start at LT. If we go into the season with our #7 pick at RT, then that would not be good.

  • S&B (The Raiders select BJ Raji, DT Boston College)

    JHill,

    You asked if I could find one game that the run defense lost. Well, maybe I can’t point to any 1 game. How about all of them. Everyone feel free to comment on the defensive performance for 2008 and what the focus should be.
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    Buffalo = 116 rush / 262 pass
    San Diego = 141 rush / 154 pass
    New Orlea = 122 rush / 319 pass
    Baltimore = 192 rush / 183 pass
    Atlanta = 252 rush / 201 pass
    Carolina = 162 rush / 57 pass
    Miami = 222 rush / 160 pass
    K.C = 146 rush / 156 pass
    San Diego = 158 rush / 214 pass
    N.E = 277 rush / 210 pass

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    Honestly, I cannot fault Andre Smith for not showing up to the Sugar Bowl. He had nothing more to prove at the collegiate level, he spoke to some “agents” which is against NCAA rules, and basically they advised him that if he gets hurt in the Sugar Bowl, it could cost him $50-120mm. What would any of you do?? Play in the game, or sit back and cash a check for $50-120mm?? It’s not like he got caught stealing car stereos out of Nick Sabans car.

    All that being said, the recent stuff is REALLY bad. It shows a lot of immaturity and someone is giving him VERY bad advice. That is not good. I am also not sold on the theory that either Monroe or Jason Smith would not be available to us. I think Stafford goes one, Curry goes two, Malcolm Jenkins goes, that leaves the two tackles in three spots ahead of us.

    Lastly, blackdeath the reason I say what I say is in college football, there are guys opposing teams just stay away from. You can’t really do that so much in the pros because everyone is really good. In college you can. Cushing was one of those guys. That just forced plays to Rey, which made him look better than he is. JMHO.

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    Charlie Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Guys, something is wrong with Andre Smith.
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    Charlie like I said, I don’t fault him for the Sugar Bowl, in fact, that was probably the RIGHT decision. Remember, these are kids. And some are much more immature than others. There might be a little silver and black lining in all of this in that based on football production, NO WAY, Smith should fall to #7. No freaking way.

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    I wouldn’t draft M Oher that high (#7)……..period I simply don’t believe he has the talent to beat out Mario. Monroe is a much better pass protector than run blocker which I like, it’s much easier to teach run blocking.

    None of them are polished as they’re portrayed to be. But they all have great potential.

  • blackdeath29

    JHill Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    Let me just say this about an OT at 7 like Andre Smith or Michael Oher, they BETTER be able to beat out Marion and start at LT. If we go into the season with our #7 pick at RT, then that would not be good.

    the raiders need to address the run defense first

  • S&B (The Raiders select BJ Raji, DT Boston College)

    The Real Oakglenn Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Jhill, Shefter is talking out of his ass. As usual. Not that I want “Jivin” here, but what would you do? Pay “jivin” 6 mil and hope he somehow shows up in a position of need, or take a $14mm+ hit against the cap, which is MORE than the amount Nnamdi and Jamarcus cost, for no production. Probably best to keep him thru camp and see what happens. And if he retires again, there you go.
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    Depends…remember, the cap hit does not necessarily equal the actual cash that’s paid out. Al saves $6 Million REAL dollars by cutting Walker. The cap hit hurts future moves but is not an actual cash hit

  • La Milicia Negra

    # JHill Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Pls draft Robiskie?

    I don’t think he’ll be around in the 2nd rd, and I don’t think you’re suggesting we draft him at 7, are you?
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    Gawd NO! =) I hope we pick a LT or a DT in 1st round..

    I have been suggesting the kid as a 2nd round pick for a while, and some here said that was a reach, that he would be there in 3rd round, I just hope we get him in 2nd, because he can contribute in the pass and run game right away..

  • http://raiders The Real Oakglenn

    BTW you guys it’s nice just to be here just talking football. Real football. Raider football.

  • S&B (The Raiders select BJ Raji, DT Boston College)

    Yvonne Walker is outta here….Who’s next from the free agent bust that was 2008? Hmmmm.

    On the clock:
    1. Kwame Harris (you betcha)
    2. Terdell Sands (Uh-oh JHill)
    3. Tommy Kelly (JHill, you might want to stay away next week)

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    Oak the USC defense was so freakishly talented that you could afford to avoid any one from Dline to secondary there was 1st rnd talent. Only at corner could you really question that. Those guy’s made each other better……trust me.

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    Could not afford…………

  • blackdeath29

    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Honestly, I cannot fault Andre Smith for not showing up to the Sugar Bowl. He had nothing more to prove at the collegiate level, he spoke to some “agents” which is against NCAA rules, and basically they advised him that if he gets hurt in the Sugar Bowl, it could cost him $50-120mm. What would any of you do?? Play in the game, or sit back and cash a check for $50-120mm?? It’s not like he got caught stealing car stereos out of Nick Sabans car.

    All that being said, the recent stuff is REALLY bad. It shows a lot of immaturity and someone is giving him VERY bad advice. That is not good. I am also not sold on the theory that either Monroe or Jason Smith would not be available to us. I think Stafford goes one, Curry goes two, Malcolm Jenkins goes, that leaves the two tackles in three spots ahead of us.

    Lastly, blackdeath the reason I say what I say is in college football, there are guys opposing teams just stay away from. You can’t really do that so much in the pros because everyone is really good. In college you can. Cushing was one of those guys. That just forced plays to Rey, which made him look better than he is. JMHO.

    are you kidding me?brian cushing played DE as a freshman and sophmore . maualuga has always been a MLB and became a starter his sophmore year.what are you talking about?

  • Buttholeprick

    Oak the USC defense was so freakishly talented that you could afford to avoid any one from Dline to secondary there was 1st rnd talent. Only at corner could you really question that. Those guy’s made each other better……trust me.

    IN BUTTHOLEPRICK WE TRUST!!!!

  • JHill

    I’ll take a stab at that list …

    Buffalo game, Lynch was held to 83 yards on 23 attempts. Morrison makes that tackle on Lynch on 3rd and 8 swing pass on Buffalos own 8 yard line, and the game is over.

    The SD game, LT was held to 60 yards on 20 attempts, until he got that late 40 yard touchdown with 1 minute to go in the game after Harris got blown by for another forced fumble.

    NO game, Bush held to 27 yds and Duece to 65 yds. You’re kidding though, right? We all know Brees was picking on the LBs all game with no adjustments from Ryan.

    Balt – Held McGahee to 58 yds on 23 carries. 3 points on offense and Joe Flacco breaking out had a little more to do with this loss than our DTs.

    Atl – we had negative yards and zero first downs in the first half. Our OC got benched that game, not our DTs. Turner got the ball 31 times that day, and yeah NO ONE showed up for that game.

    Carolina – Holding a team to 17 points is not a bad game. Williams rushed for 140 yds on 20 carries, but 70 of them came on one TD run.

    Miami – Miami ran the wildcat pretty well on everyone and RB is a top back. No shame giving up 100 yds to him, and we held them to 17 points. Good job D.

    KC Held Johnson to 92 yds on 24 carries. Thigpen added 50 yds scrambling.

    SD game LT 25 carries 91 yds. Sproles on the screen passes for 2 TDs and Vincent Jacksons 160 yd receiving day killed us there. Oh, and we only 7 points on a KR.

    NE – that game was over when it was 21 to nothing with 3 min left in the 1st QTR. Matt Cassell killed us in his first game back from his dad passing, not RBs. Jordan had 100 yds in the 2nd half when the game was long decided.

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    There ya go. Still don’t see how an upgrade at DT helps any of these outcomes.

  • S&B (The Raiders select BJ Raji, DT Boston College)

    These guys maybe young, but they are being paid grown men money. Andre has no excuse. Look, every other “kid” graduating school has professional job interviews that have a lot more stress then running around with a football and pay a lot less.

    If a kid can’t get ready for the combine, what they heck is going to happen during the off-season.

    Spend a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a kid with maturity issues like this. Not a 1st round pick, let alone a top 10

  • Buttholeprick

    Oak the USC defense was so freakishly talented that you could afford to avoid any one from Dline to secondary there was 1st rnd talent. Only at corner could you really question that. Those guy’s made each other better……trust me.

    IN BUTTHOLEPRICK WE TRUST!!!!

    Expert, texpert choking smokers
    don’t you think the
    joker laughs at you
    See how they smile
    like pigs in a sty
    See how they snide
    I’m crying
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    climbing up the Eiffel tower
    Elementary penguin
    singing Hare Krishna
    Man, you should have
    seen them kicking
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    I am the Buttholepriest
    They are the eggmen
    I am the Buttholepriest
    coo coo c’choo c’coo coo c’choo

  • RaiderLen

    Afternoon Nation…

    I’ve been to Raider.com site looking over the roster.

    I’m curious as to why T Kelly is listed as a DE.

    I’d not noticed that before.

    Is a change of position in the works?

    Also checking the transactions page looking to see where the ax will fall next. lol

    If Kelly is moved back to DE then that may tie into the rumor of Burgess being shopped.

  • Buttholeprick

    I’ve got inside information that Mr. Davis is going to make a big impact in free agency. From what I’ve been told, I wouldn’t be surprised if we go 16-0 and on to the superbowl! Trust me.

  • http://raiders Oakglenn

    # blackdeath29 Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    are you kidding me?brian cushing played DE as a freshman and sophmore . maualuga has always been a MLB and became a starter his sophmore year.what are you talking about?
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    What are you saying? Cushing played DL as a freshman and sophmore and then moved to LB because as he got older, they used his athletic ability more and more. Normally as guys get older, they get bigger and slower. Cushing got bigger, faster and smarter. Cushing could probably play DL, OLB, ILB in the pros. Versatility = extreme value. Maualuga can’t play anything but ILB. That’s what I am talking about.

  • Charlie

    MR

    The biggest mistake Mr Davis has made was thinking that professional free agents would produce according to the contracts they were given.
    Unlike Mike Haynes and Ted Hendricks and Rich Gannon etc.etc.
    we have had Walker, Kelly, Hall etc etc.

    Mr Davis has always paid up or near the cap and his goodwill has been largely taken advantage of. Those days are over. We will pay for production.
    We are in the midst of the biggest house cleaning this franchise has ever seen. Players are now accountable. Tom Cable and others have gotten Mr Davis to see that what we have doing does not work.
    We will draft to improve the lines in April.
    You do not see a difference?

  • http://! Blackholepriest

    that all makes sense S&B but how ’bout we first se what the issues were. It’s hard to believe it’s not something going on that’s very serious. So far we don’t know what that is but to have a talent o his ability drop can’t hurt.

    I don’t complain when I get a gift. You do your own research on the kid because what’s bad for someone else may be good for you.