By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 1:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.