Oakland Raiders release Jordy Nelson, A.J. McCarron


Although Vegas remains on the team's horizon in 2020, the new lease agreement includes an option for the team to stay in Oakland for that season in case the Raiders' new $1.84 billion stadium in Las Vegas isn't completed on time.

The Oakland Raiders continued to make moves on Thursday, but this time, they started to shed pieces of their roster. It makes less than zero sense to pay a guy $3 million and then send him packing.

Nelson's $3 million salary would've become guaranteed on Friday, and there was a $500,000 roster bonus, so they saved some cash and $3.5 million in salary-cap space.

Nelson's 64 yards from scrimmage a year ago were a career-low for him after he had 299, 568 and 508 in his first three seasons, respectively. From Weeks 6-10, Nelson caught only five passes for 36 yards.

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

The only other quarterback employed by the Raiders is Nathan Peterman, who's signed to a reserve/future contract.

When the Raiders signed Tyrell Williams to a four-year deal, part of the appeal was that he doesn't need to a lot of targets to be successful.