Returning to practice after their loss to the Chicago Bears on Friday night, the Oakland Raiders made their first round of cuts in their mission to get down to the 75 player limit for Thursday’s preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Dennis Allen said goodbye to ten players on Sunday with kick return specialist Josh Cribbs being the most notable on the list.
Cribbs never looked the same as he did with Cleveland during three preseason games and training camp, a reported knee injury may have never quite healed as Cribbs looked significantly slower for the Raiders. Dennis Allen hinted that Cribbs last chance would be against the Bears after poor returns against the Cowboys and Saints and with another poor performance coupled with a long return from Jacoby Ford, the writing was on the wall for Cribbs release.
Cribbs will still pull down 250, 000 from his one year contract as part of his termination and will be able to sign to whichever team that wants to test his services, something that might take some waiting as his 2013 game tape is clearly less than stellar.
Players who were waived by the Raiders were linebacker Keenan Clayton, linebacker Eric Harper, fullback Jon Hoese, wide receiver Sam McGuffie, guard Andrew Robiski, wide receiver Tray Session, defensive tackle Myles Wade and wide receiver Isiah Williams.
In addition, center/guard Alex Parsons thanked the Raiders for the “opportunity to play the game I love’’ on Twitter. Parsons was out of the Chicago game and has yet to be officially released, hinting that the organization is working on an injury settlement.
— Alex Parsons (@A_Parsons67) August 25, 2013
Parsons played college football for USC and is a California guy that was something of a fan favorite at offensive tackle despite limited skill and playing time. Parsons played in just 16 games with the Raiders after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen still have some work cut out for them and some tough decisions to make as the Raiders need to cut four more players to get down to 75 before Thursday’s preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks. From there they will have 22 more cuts to make for Saturday’s 53 man roster deadline.