Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Raiders cut WR just weeks after giving guaranteed money

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The Las Vegas Raiders will be relying on veterans at wide receiver positions this season. Bryan Edwards was one of the few young wide receivers left on the roster, but the team traded him to the Atlanta Falcons. The Raiders avoided the draft position but found a few undrafted free agents.

The most notable signing was Tre Turner from Virginia Tech. He’s been one of the Hokies’ top receivers in recent years but hasn’t done enough to get drafted. When the Raiders signed him, they gave him $40,000 worth of guarantees, by Jordan Schultz. That’s not a lot of money for an NFL team, but it’s guaranteed money they have to pay. It would have been easy to assume that he would at least make it to training camp.

That wasn’t the case as the Raiders decided to cut Turner due to a string of signings.

Turner will likely be on the Raiders’ radar this offseason when they need another wide receiver. He should also get some looks from other teams as he almost signed with the Minnesota Vikings before settling on the Raiders’ offer.

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While the team’s undrafted free agents will battle for a spot on the roster over the next few months, the Raiders’ drafted players will have the upper hand. The team worked quickly to sign their draft picks. They recently announced that they have already signed Dylan Parham, Matthew Butler, Thayer Munford Jr. and Brittain Brown.

The fact that they’ve signed doesn’t guarantee they’ll all be in the squad by the start of the season, but it does mean they can focus on football without worrying about signing a contract.

The Raiders made no waves during the draft. They traded their first-round and second-round picks for Davante Adams, so not much emphasis was placed on what the team was doing. Without a clear draft to make the difference, ESPN quarterback Derek Carr’s Paul Gutierrez named the Raiders’ biggest winner from the recent draft:

This was arguably the most exciting offseason of Carr’s career with the Raiders. He got a respected offensive coach in Josh McDaniels, who then helped land Adams, who Carr is close friends with and arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. The quarterback must be feeling lucky right now.

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