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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.

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  • Twocents

    Teams are paying big money for average players. What else is new.

  • DKnight007

    Wow. Who is going to replace Wheeler, Huff, Bryant, DHB?

    Why wasn’t a contract worked on to try and keep Bryant earlier?

  • jackasspuria

    RaidO

    Fire Mark Davis.

    He’s the one keeping Reggie McKenzie employed!

  • Chris in NY

    Wow. Bryant is gone as well.

    Reggie McKenzie = @ssclown

  • tonedeezy

    bo problem with these moves, and Wheeler was too expensive. he didn’t want to be here, so best of luck to him.

    kelly needs to be gone, and now i’m thinking that palmer should be too. he wasn’t the difference between a mediocre underachieving team making the playoffs, so definitely not worth his salary on a rebuilding team.

    DHB won’t get picked up, so if he is wanted, he’ll be available.

    lots of decent FAs out there, and we definitely have better coaches this year, so i’m not pouting just yet.

  • RaidO

    Wheeler’s gone to?

    Fire Reggie now!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    We Raider fans have never seen this before, I can safely say. Wow!

  • rediaR

    Over/under 3.5 competitive games next season?

  • Just Win Baby

    Pouha.

  • RaiderDebo

    J Hill Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    Not too happy to see Bryant go, but Cleveland overpaid, man.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    If that’s the number it took to get the player they wanted over another team, how do you figure the Browns overpaid?

  • J Hill

    And we all know what a great history the Browns have of building through free agency.

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    LOL

    Right! It’s not like play off, or “smart team” has picked up any of our players.

    So Cleveland and Miami want to continue to be Cleveland and Miami. Let ‘em. We’re done with that mess. Hopefully, lol.

  • RaidO

    This is getting ridiculous

  • 00tt00

    reggie said last week they were still trying to determine who their “core” players are……lol…..the place is empty…….whatever they define as core obviously isnt on the roster yet…….

  • Just Win Baby

    Since we are wiping the slate clean, I say get rid of everyone left on the roster except Marcel Reece and …..well, thats about it.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    00tt00 Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    The_Civilian_James_Trapp Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    LOL! I knew he’d never sign Bryant. PFF graded briesel 74th out of 81 guards & Burris got the worst ranking for OLB in the league, yet the shreg apologists believe in him to build a winner
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    bryant and wheeler were reggie priorities and he couldnt sign them…speaks volumns…….why didnt they buy into the big defensive minds if DA and tarver……….we all know why

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    You know what is most hilarious? How everyone said “This roster is crap” yet bryant gets a HUGE payday, heck even Shreg’s only decent move, besides Streeter, got a big payday. But hey you can’t win with this roster.

  • Chris in NY

    LMAO at the report Reggie thinks McClain has trade value!

    Nobody is trading for that dipsh!t.

    The 2013 Oakland Raiders are an expansion team with an imbecile at the helm.

  • JB

    Reggie is planning for a killing in the 2014 Clowney Bowl. 4-12 will look good next year if we are lucky. we are positioned for the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

  • rediaR

    00tt00 Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    reggie said last week they were still trying to determine who their “core” players are……lol…..the place is empty…….whatever they define as core obviously isnt on the roster yet…….
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    Branch and Briesel, the core of the team!

  • 00tt00

    i think reggie is a mole

  • jackasspuria

    Chris in NY

    Exactly. That imbecile is Mark Davis.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    McCloughan/Gruden 2014

  • r8eray

    My jaw drop yo!!! Some head scratchers some had it coming, let the rebuilding process begin!!

  • jackasspuria

    The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    That won’t happen with Mark Davis as owner.

    That combo requires intelligence.

    Davis has none.

  • rediaR

    JB Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Reggie is planning for a killing in the 2014 Clowney Bowl. 4-12 will look good next year if we are lucky. we are positioned for the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
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    We need like three 1sts next year.

  • RaidingTexas

    Just Win Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    Since we are wiping the slate clean, I say get rid of everyone left on the roster except Marcel Reece and …..well, thats about it.

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    I’d keep Houston too.

  • Twocents

    Panick in the Raider Nation! A nation of whimps.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    at this point it doesnt matter if PALMER STAYS.. 3 wins at best with this team.. and talent.

  • Jackie Bibby

    Dhb was our most productive reciever these past 2 years wether you want to believe it or not, bryant was by far our best dt this season and we lost him, phillip wheeler was our best lb and we lost him, for half the season huff graded out as our best cb and we lost him… Yes we’re saving money but the goal isnt to save money its to build a team of players that can win games. Its cool to cut them if thats what you want to do but if you dont have the proper replacements then youre just wasting your time. You have to spend money to make money.

  • 00tt00

    mcclain is going to be a june 1st cut to spread the hit over two year……and why give the guy the opportunity to hit the open market while everyone still has money…….dump him out there when everyones roster is set and all the money spent

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    LMAO at the report Reggie thinks McClain has trade value!

    Nobody is trading for that dipsh!t.

    The 2013 Oakland Raiders are an expansion team with an imbecile at the helm.
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    Roger Goodell will introduce the newest franchise to the NFL… Welcome the London Raiders

  • ArtilleryShell

    Yeah I say we are playing for ’14-’15 but McFadden might be gone then, probably Palmer, so expect like 2-3 wins and us to draft a scrambling excuse me run option QB this or next year

  • Dakota

    Please let Palmer and McFadden go to real teams. We are officially an expansion team.

  • RaidingTexas

    Bill Williamson @espn_afcwest -2s
    #NFLFreeAgency For the record, DHB-Crabtree 2009 draft debate is over.

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    Zing!

    I strongly advocated drafting Crabtree that year. Yeah, I’m partial as a Tech fan. But I was right.

    So long DHB.

  • hendu

    Its no wonder the Raiders tarped off 10,000 seats,at this rate, may STILL have blackouts.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Jackasspuria Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    That won’t happen with Mark Davis as owner.

    That combo requires intelligence.

    Davis has none.

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    Good point

  • morilla

    Right now with what is going on proves that Reggie is going to be around for a very long time. And Mark is fully behind these decisions. He knows what is going on.

    Rome is being burnt to the ground and completely rebuilt. This is a 3-4 year process. Long over due.

    Keep saying “fire Reggie” and cracking your lame pancake jokes because he is going to end up laughing when all is said and done.

  • Rekleiner

    desmond bryant signed with cleveland 5 yr $34,000,000.

    FK YOU REGGIE.

  • RaidO

    Some of you guys can try to sugarcoat it but the truth is Reggie is not a good GM.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Jackie Bibby Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    Dhb was our most productive reciever these past 2 years wether you want to believe it or not, bryant was by far our best dt this season and we lost him, phillip wheeler was our best lb and we lost him, for half the season huff graded out as our best cb and we lost him… Yes we’re saving money but the goal isnt to save money its to build a team of players that can win games. Its cool to cut them if thats what you want to do but if you dont have the proper replacements then youre just wasting your time. You have to spend money to make money.

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    That’s the new REGGIME in a nut shell.

  • jackasspuria

    Hendu

    Right?

    Seems like Mark Davis new this gutting and cleansing would happen and, to get ready for it, he tarped off Mt. Davis.

  • rediaR

    Dakota Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    Please let Palmer and McFadden go to real teams. We are officially an expansion team.
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    Expansion teams don’t start with over a quarter of their cap as dead money.

  • RaidingTexas

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:

    Roger Goodell will introduce the newest franchise to the NFL… Welcome the London Raiders

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    haha! I said that very thing on blog a few years back.

  • 00tt00

    veldeer and wiz are keepers….but veldeer will be a FA next year so we could forget about that too….might as well trade him too with everyone looking for quality LT

  • Chris in NY

    McFadden and Palmer will be traded for more giant tarps to cover the stands.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    RaidingTexas Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    Bill Williamson @espn_afcwest -2s
    #NFLFreeAgency For the record, DHB-Crabtree 2009 draft debate is over.

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    Zing!

    I strongly advocated drafting Crabtree that year. Yeah, I’m partial as a Tech fan. But I was right.

    So long DHB.
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    Me too.

  • J Hill

    If Houston is moving to the 3 tech, what position did you expect Bryant to earn that $ from?

  • jackasspuria

    RaidO

    And Mark Davis is a terrible owner.

  • Dakota

    Palmer might just hang them up. Talk about out of the pan and into the fire.

  • morilla

    00tt00 Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    mcclain is going to be a june 1st cut to spread the hit over two year……and why give the guy the opportunity to hit the open market while everyone still has money…….dump him out there when everyones roster is set and all the money spent

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    Yup, payback. They are sticking it to him.

  • rediaR

    Hendu Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    Its no wonder the Raiders tarped off 10,000 seats,at this rate, may STILL have blackouts.
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    The original report was misinterpreted. There will be 10,000 seats left untarped.