The Raiders’ new regime in head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler has shown us that no one is safe from the old regime as they waived former first-round pick (17th overall) OT Alex Leatherwood. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders attempted to trade Leatherwood, but got no responses from any team. No matter how you looked at it, the Alabama alum was not in the Raiders’ plans for the foreseeable future.
Leatherwood started all 18 games for the Raiders last year as a rookie at two different positions – RT and RG. Despite him starting all 18 games, the struggles were clear and evident from the jump. After a shaky training camp and preseason, the Raiders new it was time to move on. The move will cost the Raiders $7.9 million in dead cap.
OT Jermaine Eluemunor is the favorite to be the starting RT for the season opener, but Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says the Raiders believe rookie OT Thayer Munford is their future at RT.
The Raiders also cut ties with CB Trayvon Mullen Jr., another pick from the Gruden and Mayock days. The 2019 second-round pick was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2023 conditional seventh-round pick that could become a sixth-round pick.
Mullen Jr. has had injury issues throughout his career, and with the additions of CBs Rock Ya-Sin, Anthony Averett, and the emergence of Nate Hobbs, he didn’t stand a chance in the Raiders CB room.
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