ALAMEDA, California – Although he gave Jordy Nelson a $ 3.6 million bonus in December and coach Jon Gruden who said the veteran receiver would return to the Oakland Raiders in 2019, the team released Nelson Thursday, the team announced.  The Raiders have also created a cap room by releasing quarterback AJ McCarron.
Nelson, who turned 34 on May 31, has captured 63 passes for 739 yards and 3 touchdowns in 15 games in a lonely season disconnected and plagued by injuries for Oakland.  "Normally, when you distribute 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 was healthy, see what he can do. I think as we continue to improve this football team around some of the main guys that are here, I think you might even see days best and best.
"So yes, it will come back. "
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The additions of the Antonio receiver Brown in a trade and Tyrell Williams in free agency apparently made Nelson expendable.
Williams signed a deal worth $ 47 million with $ 22 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.The Raiders gave Brown a a new three-year deal worth $ 54.125 million, with $ 30.125 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.
Nelson would have seen his base salary of $ 3 million for 2019 become fully secured on Sunday, and had a number of salaries of over 5.368 million dollars. Nelson, who faced a knee problem last season, will cost Oakland $ 1.8 million in dead money.
Nelson spent the first 10 years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. At the end of last season, Nelson was ready to play again for the Raiders in 2019.
"It's not always the player's decision, but yes, that's the plan," he said with a smile. "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 receivers of the Raiders roster are now 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. Nathan Peterman, who will earn $ 645,000 in basic salary in 2019, is Derek Carr's solitary reserve quarterback.
Even the move would seem to put Oakland in the market for another quarterback, both in free agency, where as Blake Bortles and Colin Kaepernick, or the draft. The Raiders have eight choices, including four selections in the top 35, and while Gruden has been linked to both Oklahoma Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins of the Ohio State, he and his staff have trained Drew Lock of Missouri, Daniel Jones of Duke, Ryan Finley of the North Carolina State and Trace McSorley of Penn State in the Senior Bowl in January