Veteran tight end Tony Stewart was the only surprise as the Raiders got a head start on Wednesday’s cutdown to 75 by cutting four players.
Also released was fullback Chane Moline, offensive lineman Allen Smith and wide receiver Paul Hubbard. The Raiders must release another player by Wednesday.
Stewart played three of his nine NFL seasons with the Raiders as a reserve tight end and special teams player. He caught 21 passes with Oakland and also served as the team’s NFLPA player representative.
With Stewart out of the picture, it opens up a job for the third tight end behind Zach Miller and Brandon Myers. The other tight ends on the roster are veteran John Owens and recently-signed H-back/tight end Eric Butler.
More to come . . .