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Raiders release DT Kelly, free up considerable cap space

The Raiders released veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on Wednesday, freeing up approximately $5 million in salary-cap room.
Kelly, 32, as the longest-tenured position player on the Raiders roster. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is the only player on the Raiders who has been on the roster longer than the nine seasons Kelly spent.
Kelly was slated to earn $6.5 million in base salary this season and count almost $11.1 million against the salary cap. He also was scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2014.
Kelly is the fourth veteran player released by the Raiders this offseason, joining wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, free safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Dave Tollefson.
The release of Kelly means the Raiders are without their top three defensive tackles from last season, along with Richard Seymour and Desmond Bryant.
In response, the Raiders signed veterans Vance Walker and Pat Sims. They also have second-year player Christo Bilukidi as a potential replacement.

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  • Priesttj12

    jackasspuria Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    Priesttj12

    And what did Mark Davis do to prevent the exodus of players like Bryant and Wheeler?

    Nothing. The owner did nothing to intervene.

    That right there shows Davis is in McKenzie’s corner.

    All the anti-McKenzie’s out there, you guys are pointing the finger at the wrong dude.

    McKenzie is an employee and Davis is the boss. Point your finger and spit your venom on the true culprit — Mark Davis.
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    Bullcrap!!! and more bullcrap……..Mark said from day1. He cannot do what his father did so he was hiring someone he thought handle that side of the biulding. He has steadfast remained on his side of the biulding other than the TP issue of which I thought he needed to standup because a serious wrong was taking place. You hear no quotes from him and no opinions.

    This is Reggie lake to sink in or swim………….period

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Florida Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..damn bruh its been a long time

  • Plunketthead

    From Florio. HGood news, screw CP

    It’s obvious Palmer wants out. Two years ago, he finagled his exit from Cincinnati by feigning retirement. The strategy looked to be a failure until Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson lost his damn mind, giving up a first-round pick and a second-round pick for a quarterback who isn’t the guy he used to be.

    Now, Palmer is turning up his nose at $10 million from the Raiders, which sets the stage for the Raiders eventually to cut him — and for Palmer to play for someone else.

    As Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports explains it, Palmer wants to play for a contender, even if it means being a backup. (Cough . . . Seahawks and Pete Carroll . . . cough.) Of course, Palmer won’t get $10 million to be a backup, but his willingness to walk away from football in order to get out of Cincinnati proves that he’d be willing to walk away from $10 million in order to get a shot at winning.

    Palmer’s posture also reflects a belief that, despite the hiring of G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen, Palmer doesn’t see the silver-and-black bus getting turned around in the immediate future. Otherwise, he’d gladly take $10 million to stay put.

    The problem is that the Raiders currently hold all the cards. With no seven-figure trigger in Palmer’s deal, the $13 million doesn’t become fully guaranteed until Week One, which means the Raiders can cut him much later in the offseason, if they draft a quarterback early — or if they eventually decide Terrelle Pryor can get the job done. The only risk the Raiders are taking is that, if Palmer drops a dumbbell on his foot or pops an Achilles tendon in offseason conditioning drills or otherwise suffers a season-ending injury while on the clock, the Raiders will owe Palmer his full salary.

    That could set the stage for a Steve McNair-style lockout. Even without Palmer being barred from the building (which would violate the CBA), Palmer is making his second power play in two years.

    When a team does it, we applaud. Fair or not, Palmer should prepare for the jeers and the boos and the accusations of being a chronic quitter.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    great cheap old vets….lol…like lee, bartell, spencer…

  • RaidingTexas

    I think two words sum up this clusterfk rather well:

    THANKS HUE.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Alan Branch – 28yo started last 34 games for Seattle
    Sedrick Ellis – 27yo 5 year starter
    Sione Pouha – 34yo started last 4 years
    Ty Warren – 32yo hasn’t done much since ‘09 with NE
    Shaun Smith – 31yo started 16 games over the past 4 years
    Mike Patterson – 29yo was a beast in Philly for 7 years. brain surgery January 2012
    Amobi Okoye – 25yo backup Bears DT. 5 sacks last 2 yrs
    Maake Kemoeatu – 34yo started last 7 years. Baltimore’s NT last year
    Jovan Haye – 30yo hasn’t done much since ‘09 with Titans
    Casey Hampton – 35yo Steelers beast NT since 2001
    Shaun Cody – 30yo started last 4 years for Texans
    Tony Brown – 32yo hasn’t done much since 2010 with Titans
    Rocky Bernard – 33yo started 6 games for Giants last 2 years
    Justin Bannan – 33yo started last 5 years in league, Denver last year
    Corey Williams – 32yo started 36 games for the Lions last 3 years
    *************************

    As I said Branch is only one worth a schit….all eslse can go to hell

  • Al_is_theraiders

    no two words…reggies stupid.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Jackasspuria Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 11:49 am
    If Honey Badger ends up in Oakland, I sure hope he doesn’t visit my neck of the woods — Humboldt County.

    He would never return to Oakland after he tries Yumboldt.
    *******************************

    Yeah this is true…i didnt wanna come back to be honest

  • guest123

    Word is Packers are thisclose to signing Alan Branch

    so you might as well scratch him from the list.

  • The_Judge37

    RaidingTexas Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 11:54 am
    I think two words sum up this clusterfk rather well:

    THANKS HUE.
    —-

    Thank Mark, he’s the one who let Hue do whatever he wanted.

  • poprox13

    guest123 Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Word is Packers are thisclose to signing Alan Branch

    so you might as well scratch him from the list.
    ___________

    Unless somehow their signing him to the practice squad.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bottom line.. MIKE SILVER does have an agenda against the raiders always has.

    even though this may be true.. its nothing new. But reggie told Florio sky is the limit for PRYOR

    Raiders internally ‘skeptical’ about QB Pryor

    According to Yahoo’s Mike Silver, there is “much organizational skepticism” about Raiders third-year QB Terrelle Pryor.
    Pryor is big and athletic, but doesn’t throw the football with velocity or accuracy — and that’s a big problem for NFL quarterbacks. In an in-depth Raiders column citing a variety of sources, Silver suggests the club may still keep Pryor around on an athletic quarterback depth chart that could potentially add free agent Vince Young and West Virginia’s Geno Smith to a three-way training camp battle. ”

    http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/258908/football-headlines?r=1

  • RaiderRockstar

    As I said Branch is only one worth

    ***

    @ROG

    Really?

    I’d take Ellis, Cody or Williams on a 2-year deal.

    I’d take Pouha, Hampton or Kemoeatu on a 1-year deal.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport ‏@SBreport 28m

    If nothing else, McKenzie is willing to take heat now for the long term success of the franchise. Few in his position have guts to do so.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport ‏@SBreport 20m

    Reggie McKenzie has put the long term success of the organization over his reputation today. Few GM’s willing do it that way.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport ‏@SBreport 31m

    Something to remember on the job McKenzie is doing. If #Raiders don’t win a game in 2013, they have huge cap space and draft picks in 2014.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Word is Packers are thisclose to signing Alan Branch

    so you might as well scratch him from the list.

    ***

    NO WAY

    Raji, Pickett & Branch?

    thats a lot of beef up front!

  • raidertay

    Whether its for $10m or $13m, lets not kid ourselves we were never building this team around Carson Palmer. He was nothing more than a a stop gap until we found our franchise QB. Palmer will be 34 this year. According to Palmer himself, he doesnt have much time in this league.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport ‏@SBreport 55m

    Skip Bayless makes a scene, ruffles feathers. Silver incorporates malicious agenda. Its fact that more than a few players won’t talk to him.

    #

    *

    #
    SBreport SBreport ‏@SBreport 49m

    Also a fact that Mike Silver is not respected by many in his field. Find one, buy him a beer, 50% chance he’ll tell you Silver is a clown.

  • Priesttj12

    It seems you guys wont Reggie to be made of teflon, no blame no culpability whatsoever. First he’s doing a great job he’s trimming the fat getting the out of whack contracts out and good cheap talent in. The when he loses and looks silly.

    Oh! that’s not Reggie it’s MARK!…………lol

    Unbelievable!!!!

  • guest123

    At #3, we gotta take Star. The rest of the names on that list are scrubs bouncing from one year contract to the next or on the way out of the league.

    Star = NGATA II

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    SBreport SBreport ‏@SBreport 1h

    If you made a living criticizing #Raiders economics in the past, only ethical to NOT criticize their effort to clean it up now. #MikeSilver

  • guest123

    NO WAY

    Raji, Pickett & Branch?

    thats a lot of beef up front!

    ^^^^^^^^^

    WAY

    They don’t play in Green Bay!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am
    As I said Branch is only one worth

    ***

    @ROG

    Really?

    I’d take Ellis, Cody or Williams on a 2-year deal.

    I’d take Pouha, Hampton or Kemoeatu on a 1-year deal.
    **************************

    Ellis sucks and is a 3 tech guy…Cody is done and Williams not what we need

    Hampton miss me with that….Kemo no thanks…Pouha is a backup

  • guest123

    It seems you guys wont Reggie to be made of teflon, no blame no culpability whatsoever. First he’s doing a great job he’s trimming the fat getting the out of whack contracts out and good cheap talent in. The when he loses and looks silly.

    Oh! that’s not Reggie it’s MARK!…………lol

    Unbelievable!!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^

    both of them are clowns!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Guest123 Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    At #3, we gotta take Star. The rest of the names on that list are scrubs bouncing from one year contract to the next or on the way out of the league.

    Star = NGATA II
    ********************************

    Exactly…go for it!

  • inonewordraider

    cp really wanted to be retire a raider willing to take a huge paycut until he read the comment section of this blog

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    U guys wanted AL gone.. u guys put up billboards say hire a GM .. everyday while al was on his way to work he saw that bill board.

    U GOT A GM NOW.. DEAL WITH IT

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DA/Reggie pregame speech…lmao….”we are gonna go out team and we are gonna lose. Not just this week but the rest of the weeks..Its ok men…some of you wont be here next year…well most of you…but we are gonna lose the right way…next year we just might win…now buckle your chinstrap men…and go out there and lose the right way!”

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Report: Raiders’ Matt Flynn interest ‘legit’

    A league source tells Yahoo’s Mike Silver the Raiders have “legitimate” interest in Matt Flynn.
    Perhaps the Seahawks will get something for Flynn, after all. Silver reports Flynn is available for “as little as a fourth-round pick,” though putting his $5.25 million base salary on the books would create more cap issues for Oakland, even after releasing Carson Palmer. (The Palmer cut would save just under $6 million in cap room.) The Jaguars were previously reported to have interest in Flynn. Per Silver, Jacksonville has “little inclination” to swing a trade.”

    http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/258886/football-headlines?r=1

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    U guys wanted a GM for years.. u got one. DEAL WITH IT

  • Charlie

    Too many keep saying we are cheap.
    NO NO NO. (Nein Nein Nein).

    We are simply paying players for what they are worth for the first time in ten agonizing years.

    A 4-12 team should be about $30 million under the cap.
    Aren’t you tired of seeing a clumsy Oaf like Kelly wandering around the field jumping offsides??????
    Kelly makes Jamarcus look like a Rhodes scholar!!

    Draft some players that contribute and win some games and you will see salaries go up.

    We sure as he$$ are not going to make the same mistakes and pay pretenders like Sapp, Seymour, Jordan, Walker, Wilson, Brown, Boss, Moss, Warren etc. big money.

    We all know that does not work.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @ROG

    Ellis, Cody or Williams on a 2-year deal. (UT’s)

    Pouha, Hampton or Kemoeatu on a 1-year deal. (NT’s)

    give me 1 of each to complete the rotation with Sims & Walker

    I don’t know much about Bilukidi aside from the fact he was active for 13 games and only had 8 tackles

  • Follow the B@uceman

    When Palmer is officially outta here and no longer a raider…how many bloggers will commit suicide

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    GREG PAPA just refuted Silver story.. saying its coming from Palmers AGent Dunne

    Dunne is just tyring to strong arm the Raiders to release Palmer so he can go to Arizona. Raider have to time to move.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    @ROG

    Ellis, Cody or Williams on a 2-year deal. (UT’s)

    Pouha, Hampton or Kemoeatu on a 1-year deal. (NT’s)

    give me 1 of each to complete the rotation with Sims & Walker

    I don’t know much about Bilukidi aside from the fact he was active for 13 games and only had 8 tackles
    **************************************

    Houston is UT….draft Star…the NT

    Dont need those others

  • Chris in NY

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    DA/Reggie pregame speech…lmao….”we are gonna go out team and we are gonna lose. Not just this week but the rest of the weeks..Its ok men…some of you wont be here next year…well most of you…but we are gonna lose the right way…next year we just might win…now buckle your chinstrap men…and go out there and lose the right way!”

    —————————–

    I wonder if these guys are 100% sure they’ll be here in 2014, no matter what happens in 2013. Like, what if the stretch we hit from weeks 9-12 last year becomes a season-long slog. Can Mark really keep his new regime in tact if we’re a non-competitive 2-14 or 1-15 team?

    11/4 vs. TB L 42-32
    11/11 @ Bal L 55-20
    11/18 vs. NO L 38-17
    11/25 @ Cin L 34-10

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    GREG PAPA just refuted Silver story.. saying its coming from Palmers AGent Dunne

    Dunne is just tyring to strong arm the Raiders to release Palmer so he can go to Arizona. Raider have to time to move.
    *******************************

    Greg Papa is a Palmer lover and will do anything he can to make sure Palmer stays here…..dont be so easily fooled

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wouldn’t want the APB(Anti Palmer Brigade) to run short of baseless fodder to fuel their rampant and over reactionary speculation.

    ***********************************

    Don’t you worry about that, this tank is full of endless fuel.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Silver is fool’s gold.

  • RaidingTexas

    Thank Mark, he’s the one who let Hue do whatever he wanted.

    ——————————————–

    Fair point.

  • Chris in NY

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    When Palmer is officially outta here and no longer a raider…how many bloggers will commit suicide

    —————————–

    Are you referring to the Palmer supporters
    or
    the Reggie apologists who suddenly realize they have no one left to scapegoat for the team’s failings?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Houston is UT….draft Star…the NT

    ***

    @ROG

    put me down for “No” on both bro

    leave Houston at DE and re-sign Andre Carter to spell him

    Let Bair, Hunter & Crawford compete for that other DE spot.

    you already know my DT plans

    trade down TWICE in RD1 picking up extra picks and draft the best available pass rushers & DB’s

    RRS Raiders = winners. you’re welcome patna

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    cp really wanted to be retire a raider willing to take a huge paycut until he read the comment section of this blog
    ————————
    Awwwww, poor baby.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    HOWEVER PAPA just contradicted himself.

    He said if Palmer was a man he would honor his contract and not want a release. However he contradicted himself again when he said

    NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.. RAIDERS ARE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW QUARTERBACK lol.. said he doesnt see PALMER being a Raider anymore

  • guest123

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    DA/Reggie pregame speech…lmao….”we are gonna go out team and we are gonna lose. Not just this week but the rest of the weeks..Its ok men…some of you wont be here next year…well most of you…but we are gonna lose the right way…next year we just might win…now buckle your chinstrap men…and go out there and lose the right way!”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Org is being run by clowns. Go out there and bring us the #1 pick next April. Clown for Clowney boys! Lose the right way boys. Big goofy bear hugs and grins afterward Dennis. C’mon now!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    cp really wanted to be retire a raider willing to take a huge paycut until he read the comment section of this blog
    *********************

    He reads blog? Great

    Carson read this…..YOU FUGGIN SUCK…ALWAYS AND FOREVER…YOU SUCKED AT USC UNTIL YOUR LAST YEAR….YOU SUCKED IN HS AS WELL….PROS YOU DID COOL FOR 2 SEASONS AND SUCKED THE OTHER 8 PLUS YOU ARE A FUGGIN QUITTER. LOGICAL RAIDER FOLKS WERE PISSED TO SEE YOUR QUITTER ASS COME HERE. WE KNEW YOU WOULD HAVE SUCCESS. GOD DONT LIKE UGLY AND YOU CARSON ARE AN UGLY PERSON. STAY AWAY AND DONT CONTACT THE RAIDERS….USC QBS SUCK AND WILL FOREVER SUCK…NOW GET THE FK ON YOU BTCH!

  • Just Fire Baby

    It’s OK you Cult of Palmer worshipers, maybe a little Gang of Four jingle can snap you out of it.

    “The change will do you good
    I always knew it would
    Sometimes I’m thinking that I love you
    But I know it’s only lust”

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    HOWEVER PAPA just contradicted himself.

    He said if Palmer was a man he would honor his contract and not want a release. However he contradicted himself again when he said

    NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.. RAIDERS ARE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW QUARTERBACK lol.. said he doesnt see PALMER being a Raider anymore
    *****************************

    Papa is a shill for Palmer is all….he thinks he is great…just hear him daily on the radio

  • RaidingTexas

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    Dunne is just tyring to strong arm the Raiders to release Palmer so he can go to Arizona.

    ——————————————

    With no roster bonuses, the Raiders can sit on Palmer through the summer. He won’t be starting for Arizona if that happens. It’s in his best interest for Dunne to start trying to facilitate a trade that’s favorable to the Raiders.