ALAMEDA, California – Despite giving Jordy Nelson a $ 3.6 million bonus last December and coach Jon Gruden said the veteran receiver would return to the Oakland Raiders in 2019, the team released Nelson Thursday, A source told ESPN's AdP Schefter.
The Raiders have also created a cap room by releasing quarterback AJ McCarron, a source told Schefter.
Nelson, who turned 34 on May 31, took 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns on 15 games in a disjointed and injury -the lonely afflicted season for Oakland.
"Normally, when you give out a bonus for next year's season, chances are good that those guys will come back," Gruden said on December 28th. "If you watched Jordy play carefully In the last four weeks he has been healthy, you know what he can do. I think that as we continue to improve this football team around some of the main guys that are here, I think you can see better days better and better. [1
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The additions of the receiver Antonio Brown in a trade and Tyrell Williams in free agency apparently made Nelson expendable, rather than a part of what Gruden said he wanted to be the best receiving body of the NF L.
Williams signed an agreement worth $ 47 million with $ 22 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter. The Raiders gave Brown a new three-year deal worth $ 54.125 million, with $ 30.125 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.
Nelson, whose debut NFL season was in 2008, would have seen his basic salary of $ 3 million for 2019 become fully guaranteed on Sunday, and had a salary cap of over $ 5,368 million. But Nelson, who faced a knee problem last season, will cost Oakland $ 1.8 million in cash.
At the end of last season, Nelson was available to play for the Raiders in 2019.
"It's not always the player's decision, but yes, that's the plan," he said with a smile at that moment. "We enjoyed our time out here, we had a good time with the team and starting the reconstruction process and being part of it, so yes, I think it's the plan."
The recipients of the Raiders roster now are Brown, Williams, Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman, Keon Hatcher, Saeed Blacknall and Rashard Davis. Roberts, for a long time is said to be a slashed candidate, brings a $ 4.65 million number cap with a base salary of $ 4.45 million for 2019 and no problem with dead money.
McCarron, who came to the Raiders in a trade with the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick in the fifth round on September 1, appeared in mop-up in two games and completed one of three passes for eight yards while taking a lot . His basic salary of $ 1.9 million would be guaranteed on Sunday, although a $ 3 million bonus would be guaranteed on Friday.
But by cutting McCarron, the Raiders saved $ 5 million in cap cap and Nathan Peterman, who is expected to make $ 645,000 on a salary basis in 2019, is the only backup quarterback to Derek Carr.
The move would also seem to put Oakland in the market for another quarterback, both in the draft (the Raiders have eight choices, including four selections in the top 35, and while Gruden was linked to both the Oklahoma Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio, he and his staff have trained Drew Lock of Missouri, Daniel Jones of Duke, Ryan Finley of North Carolina State and Trace McSorley of Pennsylvania State in the January Senior Bowl) or free agency, where Blake Bortles resides and Colin Kaepernick.