Special teams player Ekejiuba says he has been released



Isaiah Ekejiuba’s introduction to football came when he answered an ad on a campus bulletin board for prospective players at the University of Virginia.

Ekejiuba said he knew nothing about the game at the time and spent most of his time tackling any player who got in his way until he grasped the nuances of the game.

A few years later, he was signed by the Raiders and carved out a nice career as a core special-teams player who tackled as well as anyone in the league. His Raiders career ended Thursday after five seasons, according to Ekejiuba on his Twitter account.

“Well, Raider Nation, it was fun while it lasted,” Ekejiuba said on his account. “Sure you’ll be hearing soon enough, I just got waived by the team. Thanx for all the support!”

For the second time today, we bring you Raiders-related news that the Raiders deemed unfit for them to announce. The move has not been acknowledged on their website, and Ekejiuba still is listed on their roster.

Ekejiuba’s listed position was linebacker. However, he spent most of his time on the field with the special teams units, where he developed into one of the league’s most effective players in that role.

The Raiders thought enough of Ekejiuba to keep him around for five seasons as a special-teamer. They also gave him a three-year contract last offseason. He earned a base salary of $1.2 million last season and was scheduled to earn $1.45 million this season and $1.5 million in 2011.

It’s possible that the Raiders are confident enough in the abilities of players such as Ricky Brown, Sam Williams, Travis Goethel, Stevie Brown, Jeremy Ware, Tyvon Branch and Jerome Boyd that they deemed Ekejiuba too expensive and, thereby, expendable.


Steve Corkran

  • RaiderRockstar

    When Kobe doesn’t win the title this year, what will your excuse be?

    Laker fan says: he’s a wuss or a quitter because he didn’t stay in Cleveland with a crappy team! He joined Wade & Bosh in Miami … uh oh! we may not win it all this year! what other team should I root for ???

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 9th, 2010 at 9:01 am
    Exla: Dan Gilbert loses the right to whine because the best supporting cast he could put around LeBron James was 38 year old Shaq, 34 year old Antawn Jamison & Mo Williams

    please don’t compare that to the supporting casts Kobe or Mike had …
    Those were players that Coach LaBron personally wanted. Shaq, because Zydrunas Ilgauskas was dominated by Orlando’s Dwight Howard. LaBron called Shaq the “missing piece”. LOL Destroyed the chmistry on the team when they traded Ilgauskas.

  • RaiderRockstar

    now it’s the Jamison, Williams, West show in Cleveland under new coach Byron Scott

    Powe & Hickson gonna step up?

    Cavs = automatically the worst team in the East now ???

  • inonewordraider

    You won’t give Kobe props but if Lebron wins w/ Wade and Bosh on his team you’ll give him props?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Exla: 35 year old Žydrūnas Ilgauskas was traded on 02/17 and returned on 03/23 …

    Z has been pretty awful the past 3 years, like Brad Miller

  • Byron Scott is one hell of a Coach for the first 3 yrs with a team. Then teams tune him out. Got NJ to the finals and did a great job in N.O. Cavs will be a 45 win team next yr without LaTraitor.

  • RaiderRockstar

    inonewordraider: i’ll never give Kobe props for anything because he’s a douche bag and plays for an NBA team that I despise

    call me a “hater” if you wish.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cavs will be a 45 win team next yr without LaTraitor.


    they’ll win 45 games without LeBron, Shaq & Z ???


    who are they gonna get to replace these guys?

  • Where is Raider O to stick up for Nohio? Leaveland is the worst hole in a state known for circular emptyness.

  • Midwest Fan

    Rich get richer. Yankees look close to acquiring cliff lee from the mariners

  • Word:

    The scorn echoed far and wide. Even Dan Shanoff of The Sporting News, who gave James credit for risking his reputation to strive for a championship with the Heat, wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing blew up on him. Many more predicted James’s trio of stars would not win a championship, including Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, who wrote that an overload of ego will capsize the Heat. Michael Rosenberg wrote on SI.com that even if James wins a championship with Miami, it would be diminished because he took a shortcut instead of taking on the challenge of having it built around him. It had a lot of people — Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com included — nostalgic for the days when Michael Jordan announced his blockbuster comeback in a one-sentence fax. In comparison, Ken Berger writes on CBSSports.com, James is just a paper King.

  • The over/under on how long ESPN would withhold the news turned out to be an incredible 27 minutes, 17 more than a network exec had announced.

    Rather than go low-key, ESPN gave it the full self-important, self-referencing treatment:

    6:00 — Stuart Scott intro, blah, blah.

    6:01 — Recent James interview, saying, “At the end of the day, we all know this is a business.”

    6:02— Panel discussion, blah blah.

    6:11 — Graphics with James in Cavaliers, Heat, Bulls, Nets and Knicks uniforms.

    6:12 — Scott: “Coming up, it’s the decision we’ve all been waiting for — the King will chose his next court!”

    6:13 — Three-minute commercial break for search engine, designer water, insurance company, fast-food chain and promos for telecasts of All-Star Home Run Derby and the World Cup.

    6:16 — James interview from 2008 saying, “At the end of the day we all know this is a business.”

    6:17 — Last canvas of ESPN panel. Notes Jon Barry of James: “He doesn’t look happy.”

    6:19 — Another three-minute commercial break for the search engine, insurance company, et al.

    6:22 — They finally go to Jim Gray with James.

    With the audience hanging on every word, awaiting The Decision, as ESPN calls it, Gray, a real newsman who had been handpicked by James and had allowed himself to be dragged into this to play emcee, asks:

    1. What has James been doing?

    2. What has he thought about this process?

    3. Did he enjoy it?

    4. What did he expect?

    5. How many people know his decision?

    6. Can they be counted on one hand or two?

    7. When did he decide?

    8. When did he last change his mind?

    9. Did the team he’s going to know?

    10. Who did he ask for advice?

    11. What was the major factor?

    12. How deep did the evaluation process go?

    13. Did he have any doubt?

    13. Did he want to sleep on it or would he announce it now?

    And, most incredibly:

    14. “You still a nail-biter?

    At 6:27, perhaps having run out of chit-chat, Gray asked what The Decision was.

    “This is tough,” James said later, having lined up more help on the floor and, if he had no idea, a legion of haters off it.

  • F.Y.I.
    Just emailed JerryMac as my antivirus and malware program is blocking threats from this site. Must be from Laker Haters. LOL I’m outta here.

  • Try Cheating

    No Justice, No Sneakers? Rioters Loot Foot Locker Store During Oakland Riots

  • Try Cheating

    AIG err Richochet, where are you?

  • Try Cheating

    Democrat James Carville: “55 Percent of Likely Voters Find ‘Socialist’ an Accurate Label of Obama”

  • Oh snap! It’s the weekend!

  • Preppie,

    Ohio with no King James is still better than the Union Monkey’s Ghetto aka Mich!

  • Try Cheating

    Did you all notice Lebron spoke about himself in the 3rd person? What a tool!

  • Try Cheating

    Lebron actually called himself “King.” I heard he left Cleveland because his ma flucked all of his teammates.

  • Try Cheating

    And the city of Cleveland.

  • Try Cheating

    Boo, tell us about your days in the Corps…

  • Preppie,

    The Fakers are done, and you know it!!

  • Jonesy941

    the fakers hahahahaha hope you are not talking about the laker you f’ing retard the best team in the nba! and have been on of the top…… well since kobe and he is not leaving idiot.

  • Jonesy941

    o and kool we released an over paid player in a position that should never have been paid that much

  • Jones aka Retarded Monkey,

    Your mom is on top too, so does that make her a champ?

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL at Raider O!

  • I’m a laker Hater, and I’m proud of it!

  • Try Cheating

    Obama says LeBron “acted stupidly” by not picking the Bulls & says that, at this point, LeBron has “made enough money”

  • OAKlifer

    Well nation long time no see

    things are looking up…well in miami anyways, how are things in here and around the black hole??

    can the Heat beat the Blazers this year?????

  • OAK!!!!!

  • OAK,

    How have you been? Are you still working in the arts sector?

  • OAKlifer

    Brother o whats the haps man BOI am I glad we dumped russell’s azz and the Eagles had the audasity to trade Mcnabb tho the skins….great dreft as well we might be on to something around here…maybe the old man is listing to some peeps hell even Amy T would have drafted better the last few years!!!

  • OAKlifer

    High price art is hard to sell these days rich people are scared of some sort of aypocolyspse or something no man I am actually coaching highschool foot ball in Oregon at a smaller 2a school!!!!! livin the dream!!

  • OAK,

    So far it’s been great, and I’m happy with all the moves they made.
    The players are excited too, so I think it will be a great year.
    We fixed all our problems (on paper). We added an OC, QB, OL, DL, MLB, SLB, CB, and a PR/ KR. We also cut JR, Fargas, Warren, and Ekejiuba.

    Great year!!!

  • OAK,

    Coach them well, and have fun.

    Later Gents. I’ll be back later.

  • MistaBrown

    I see MR was still licking his wounds from last night and couldn’t wait to roll out of the rack @ 8am and post 1 more failed attempt to keep the race debate rolling.

  • Try Cheating

    Dan Balz of the Washington Post has written an article on President Obama’s dismal standing among independents (it stands at 38 percent approval according to Gallup, an 18-point difference from a year ago). Balz quotes both Republican and Democratic strategists in searching for the reason for this perilous polling condition: high unemployment, an unpopular health-care law, bigger government, a liberal governing agenda, lack of bipartisanship, and the inability to change the culture of Washington. And then we find this:

    White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the criticism of Obama as a big-spending liberal grows out of decisions the president felt he had to make to prevent a depression. “We were forced to do things from the start to deal with this economic crisis that helped create a false narrative about spending and deficits that’s had some impact on independent voters,” Axelrod said. “And that’s something we have to work on.”

    Ah, yes, there’s that darn False Narrative again.

    According to the True Narrative, Obama the Great acted with wisdom and courage to forestall another Great Depression. The charges of profligate spending have been manufactured out of thin air. The stimulus package has been a spectacular success. ObamaCare will bend the cost curve down. The economy is doing swimmingly. The outreach to the Muslim world has led to unprecedented breakthroughs. Nation after nation — Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, Brazil, Venezuela — are bending to Obama’s will. And all the problems America faces — from nearly 10 percent unemployment to polarization to acne among teens — are owing to Obama’s predecessor.

    Yet because the Forces of Darkness so thoroughly and completely control the media and dominate the messaging wars — because Republicans have such fantastic spokesmen as RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Democrats have no bully pulpits available to them — Obama has become massively unpopular among independents. The White House, you see, has a message problem, but no other. Once they get their message out better, Obama will once again stride atop the political world.

    Within the walls of the White House, it seems, Barack Obama is still viewed by people like Mr. Axelrod as a near-mythical figure. To much of the rest of the nation, he appears to be presiding over a failing presidency. If Obama and his top advisers persist in their self-delusion — which is unusual even for those working in a profession (politics) prone to self-delusion — they and their party are going to face, sooner or later, a brutal awakening.

  • J Wiggle

    Can any of you new Heat lovers tell me how they get past the Celtics?

    Rondo ??? Remember him?

    Ray Allen ???

    Healthy KG ???

    Oh and that Paul Pierce guy?

    Just picked up Jermaine O Neal, ya know …

  • Try Cheating

    This is from Uncle Ruckus:

  • raideredoutL.A.

    glad to see the raiders are starting to dump those overpriced special teamers.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    eugene and williams next.

  • Try Cheating

    Sam Williams is an AD favorite…and Al believed he would be a superstar…he’s not going anywhere

  • raideredoutL.A.

    the heat won’t make it out of the east, wade and bosh have been injury prone, no depth, and who’s playing center? still won’t match up well against boston or orlando?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    no ? intended.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    jamruss was an ad fav too,

  • raideredoutL.A.

    how bout that david lee trade to the w’s, instant contenders. lol.

  • aig


    I think the heat is still the team to beat. I think that was Boston’s last run last year. Oneal has not made a difference on any team in awhile.

    It still boils down to OKC/Lakers vs Heat though imo.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Dennis Green arrested for child porn. “We let em’ off the hook!”

  • No Mas Diamante

    Lakers = threepeet. print that. miami has no center or big banger. won’t even make the finals…lol James is tool who has never won anything. feel sorry for wade.