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Raiders cut starting offensive linemen from past two seasons, Ford signs elsewhere

The Raiders released veteran guard Mike Brisiel on Tuesday in a move that clears the way for recently acquired Austin Howard to take over at right guard.
Brisiel, 31, started 15 games each of the past two seasons, his lone two years with the Raiders. He was one of general manager Reggie McKenzie’s most high-profile signings in his first year running the Raiders football operations.
Brisiel is latest player caught up in the Raiders’ offensive line overhaul. The first change came when left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer bolted for the Arizona Cardinals in free agency.
The Raiders then kicked into high gear by signing Howard, offensive tackle Donald Penn and guard/center Kevin Boothe.
Penn is projected as the replacement for Veldheer. Coach Dennis Allen said that the Raiders intend to take a look at Howard at right guard. Boothe is expected to compete for the starting job at left guard.
In all, center Stefen Wisniewski might be the lone returning starter, unless Khalif Barnes beats out second-year player Menelik Watson for the right offensive tackle vacancy.
Cutting Brisiel also frees up about $1.4 million in salary-cap room for 2014, which gives the Raiders even more flexibility to add more free agents to the haul they amassed the first three weeks of free agency.
In other news, former Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders. However, injuries hampered Ford his final three seasons, when he failed to come close to matching his production as a rookie.

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  • Raiderfan4life

    Your assessment is based on many assumptions. We are looking at the track record. I give him good marks for rebuilding the personnel dept., upgrading computer systems and shedding dead and over priced salaries, he gets a D in drafting, a D in retaking young core players and a C in FA, the record on the field had been a D or F…this draft is a defining moment to make good quality and impactful selections especially at #5…I’m hoping for the best.

  • Raiderfan4life

    At this point I see 8-8…any other early predictions?

  • SnBG

    It’s his contract time.4 yrs. You forget that what the past regime did was set us back several years so it is still relevant to talk about it. You can see by the moves that Reg is making that he wants to win now. He can do that because he has something he hasn’t had. Money.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I suppose from his “no excuses” comments that Mark Davis considers it to be three years? Since this is the third season with a new GM.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What? Charlies “Death Spiral 2003-2011″ a little over the top even for you?

  • SnBG

    Drafting and FA signings are a crap shoot. The more you have the better your odds are of hitting. This year we have added a lot of pieces and still will add more through free agency and the draft. The odds have gone up. We can win more games than last year and I can predict 8-8. It will be tough against the Niners and Hawks but our division games can go either way.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    If those smart guy moves actually become smart move players… wouldn’t that be cool too? How rad would it be if Hayden turns out to be a baller and Watson shows he’s a sav?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Potential < Production

    A long career of so-so or a couple years of probowl play?

    Given that choice, what would you choose?

  • SnBG

    I would argue that some here are making an assumption about Reggies drafting. Hayden and Watson will not bust. I give him a B so far and when Hayden and Watson do good this year I will change that to an A for the 2013 draft class. Sorry, I give him a B- for his FA work due to Flynn but over all he has done a very good job in that department. He gets an A from me for letting Hulk and Houston go and adding upgrades at both positions.He gets a B for the the current contract signings and would have got an A except for the Saffold issue. He gets an A for his handling of the cap issues. He gets a C for the Knapp signing and it could have been worst but he didn’t have a huge amount of time to pick and choose.

  • SnBG

    How do you know I’m Charlie, maybe I’m one of my 15 other handles I have here.

  • SnBG

    Stop it, you only have 12 other handles. Stop misleading Ol Purvi.

  • Howard Benner

    Ironically I recently had a dream regarding aliens engaging in activities that would benefit their planet here on earth.

    Then the Science channel felt compelled to run a weeklong series dedicated to the relationships between we earthlings & alien encounters dating back to the times of the pyramids..

    Now, among my myriad other projects I’m working on an outline for my first sci fi effort. . .I think I told you that. . .

    ADHD. . .made another housecall. . .

  • Howard Benner

    I don’t really consider Penn over Hulk an upgrade.

    Hulk stays in shape @ all times: he owns his own bodybuilding shop. he suffered from a potentially debilitating injury & carried significant rust when he was able to return.

    Penn, who was on a pro bowl roster has fallen off that pace, is significantly older & has always had problems keeping his weight in check. If he is an upgrade he would have been more sought over but is coming off his worst year as a pro & his previous employer felt compelled to bring in a replacement for him.

    I actually like Houston; as a LDE. He was woefully miscast as a rush end; Love Tuck as well. I wanted the Raiders to draft him coming out of Notre Dame. . .now he’s thirty. . .but he is a definite leader type whose work ethic & experience should help whomever the Raiders draft to play DE going forward. Meanwhile, he still has gas left in the tank. . .

  • Ronin559

    2013 Draft is a C at best, Id say C-, but it could easily be a B- if they say healthy and a B+/A- if Watson and Hayden live up to their potential.
    I give him a fat D in free agentcy, way too many veterans at the end of their productive career, other than Howard, all the signings are too old to be part of the future. Houston and Veldheer would have filled two major needs for the next 5 years if he was able to get them under contract.
    Cap issue is an A, but it is not hard to cut everyone and get rid of dead money.

  • nolimits3333

    Hayden already is a bust. He is too small and weak to be effective.

  • nolimits3333

    7-9.
    Dennis Allen inspires.

  • jumpnjiminy

    McCarron ain’t bad though…

  • jumpnjiminy

    Palmer sucked BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Twinkle

    lol………keeping yourself busy keeps you out of trouble.

  • David Kern

    You just don’t read, man. You want so bad to “bust me” that you keep imagining these follies and inconsistencies,.This what I mean by “no discussion.” You’re obsessed with proving something over a message board rather than just talking football. I look at the way you chat with others, youre seemingly always this quick to become unglued. Look son, youre mocking about Twitter is on you, not me. Not only does it make you look like your 18 and under the impression that social media is the center of the universe (in this case, those are both bad things) but youre also dead wrong about me and my supposed lack of knowledge. I studied strategic communications at the Manship School of Mass Comm at LSU at a Master’s level. I am only pointing this out because I had entire classes the revolved around Twitter.

  • Howard Benner

    that is a full time job. .just got in from a night on the town with the girlfriend’s “social group” & that was a battle to keep myself in check as well. . .but a fu time was had by all. .

    I gotta retire so I can act more like a high school entitlement kid all the time. . .