Raiders release Heyward-Bey, Huff, Tollefson


The Raiders massive overhaul reached a fevered pitch Tuesday with the release of the following veterans: wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, free safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Dave Tollefson.
By releasing Huff, the Raiders increased their salary cap room for 2013. It’s going to take some time to sort through the numbers. They started the day $8.5 million under the cap.
Huff was slated to earn $11.288 million in 2013, with $4 million in base salary, a $4 million roster bonus and the rest as the prorated portion of his signing bonus.
The Raiders re-signed Huff in 2011 to a contract that guaranteed him $16 million. He turned in one of his best seasons last year, much of his handiwork coming after he converted to cornerback after injuries to starters Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer.
The Raiders said Huff was moving back to free safety in 2013. Now he’s just moving on, though the Raiders still could attempt to re-sign him again.
Heyward-Bey had a cap figure of $10.6 million for 2013, with $7.721 million of that in base salary. There was no way the Raiders were going to pay that kind of money for a player who hasn’t materialized into the kind of player they envisioned when they selected him No. 7 in the 2009 NFL draft.
The Raiders signed Tollefson last season and handed him a two-year, $3 million contract. Tollefson failed to get much of an opportunity in first-year defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s scheme, so his dismissal doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The Raiders also confirmed that they re-signed cornerback Phillip Adams to a one-year contract. He was Oakland’s lone restricted free agent. He received a contract worth $630.000.
Surprisingly, the Raiders didn’t release middle linebacker Rolando McClain or defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on Tuesday, even though they aren’t in a position where they need to made a move.
Even so, it’s likely that McClain will be jettisoned any day. Kelly might be kept around as long as the Raiders are so thin at defensive tackle — Richard Seymour and Desmond Bryant are testing the free-agent market.


Steve Corkran

  • MiamiRaider78

    Great cuts, as said before…none lived up to expectations.

    Nnamdi coming back?

    Get em Reggie!

  • r00der

    Messi. Single footedly made me a soccer fan. Was crossing center, right to left, defender right on him, goalie in perfect position. Messi left footed the ball, DOWN with top spin. It bounced over the defender, then the top spin caught and it went under the goalie. Flockin’ amazing, they must have replayed that 20 times and every time the announcers went crazy. Love the guy and he looks like he should be bringing out the water bottles during stops.

  • r00der

    Tell you what. Reggie is showing guts. We’re gonna see what mettle our coaches got and I HOPE we’re gonna see 45 world class athletes, underachievers to this point, out there busting their butts. A few scarred and pissed off veterans to kick some arse. In other words, folks…the start of some good old fashioned RAIDER football. Bring back some meaning to the term “Raider penalty”, knock their heads off and take the 15 yards. Yep, I’m dreaming but don’t wake me up, I can exist on two planes.
    Stop the sniveling and throw some beer on those smoldering brains, guys. Get on board. Now. Or GTFoutta Dodge.

  • BabySlash

    This team is going to make the bed and breakfast look good. We can call it the Ihop Crew, a bunch of scrubs and cast offs with a mix of out of whack losers (if the rest of the out of whack contracts don’t get cut)

  • dcraiderfan

    About time that DHB is gone! Now if Spuds has balls to do the same to Crybaby. They can move forward! Ahhh…spuds do the same with Seymour and others pena;izing players costing the team W’s! At least that! Go Raiders!@