Raiders release Nelson after 1 season

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

The Oakland Raiders have released QB AJ McCarron and WR Jordy Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

When the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos at home on Christmas Eve previous year, it appeared it might be the final time that Oakland fans could cheer on their team in the Coliseum.

The Raiders will gain $3.57 million in cap space by cutting the former Pro Bowler. It makes less than zero sense to pay a guy $3 million and then send him packing. He finished the season ranked third on the team with 63 receptions and second with 739 yards receiving, adding three touchdown receptions.

Nelson's $3 million salary would have become guaranteed if he was on the roster Friday. He's averaged a whopping 10.2 yards per target throughout his career.

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Nelson's 64 yards from scrimmage previous year were a career-low for him after he had 299, 568 and 508 in his first three seasons, respectively.

Nelson would have been battling for field time with Brown and Tyrell Williams, who also was just signed by the Raiders.

McCarron will free up $5 million off the cap, as the Raiders will look for someone else to backup Derek Carr in 2019.

Williams signed a deal worth $47 million with $22 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.

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