Reggie McKenzie knew all along he was going to rebuild the Oakland Raiders from the ground up. So why he let the likes of Tommy Kelly last even one season on his watch is a little puzzling. Today Kelly was officially cut loose from the Oakland Raiders as only 18 Al Davis picked players remain on the roster
I’m sure there are cap gurus out there that could better explain McKenzie’s logic than I. In fact from where I sit I see no logic.
For me McKenzie should have made this move when it was rumored a year ago. At least we wouldn’t have been fooled into thinking this new regime had designs on trying to win. We were led to believe the Al Davis memorial scholarship program was gone a year ago. Yet many of Al’s scholarship athletes were left to twist in the wind for a full season on salary.
Michael Huff was asked to play a foreign position only to be shown the exit. After his best season as a pro Darrius Heyward-Bey was rendered irrelevant in an ill-fitting offense yet was given his release as if his dip in production was his fault alone. Now Kelly’s phat contract has suddenly become too much to bear.
I can’t stress enough how much I truly understand the awkward position McKenzie was put in when he assumed the position of general manager of the Oakland Raiders.
However many of these moves should have been made a year ago. This regime pretty much told us all we needed to know as a team that showed some promise in 2011 was scrapped in a matter of months in 2012. Now we’re being led down the path of another rebuilding process.
Tommy Kelly was never going to play at a level that justified his contract. He was solid for sure but far from dominant. None the less his unceremonious departure comes a dollar short and a day late for my taste.
But the good news is we’re another step closer to the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes…