BREAKING NEWS: WILSON, CURRY AND EDWARDS RELEASED

wilson1By Paul Wexler

RaiderBeat.com Staff Writer

The Raiders began a purge of their cap-heavy, unwanted players Friday by releasing veterans Ronald Curry, strong safety Gibril Wilson and defensive end Kalimba Edwards.

The moves generated approximately $6.2 million in salary-cap room, which the Raiders need to fit in the new contracts doled out to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler earlier this week and for the free agency period that begins Feb. 27.

Curry led the Raiders in receiving in 2006 and 2007, but he fell from favor under coach Tom Cable early last season, was benched in favor of rookie Chaz Schilens, and expressed his desire to play elsewhere.

The Raiders saved $2.3 million by releasing Curry, a seven-year veteran selected by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Curry was one of only three players left from the Raiders team that appeared in the Super Bowl after his rookie season. Lechler and kicker Sebastian Janikowski are the others.

The Raiders touted Wilson as a major free-agent signing last year. He started for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl in the 2007 season and led all safeties in tackles from 2004-07.

He recorded more than 100 tackles last season but struggled in pass coverage and making open-field tackles. The Raiders were hopeful that he would give them the kind of impact safety they haven’t had since Rod Woodson retired.

Releasing Wilson saved the Raiders $1.4 million. His release came, in part, because Wilson refused to take a reduction on the $4.5 million roster bonus due him in early March.

Edwards tied for the team lead in sacks with rookie Trevor Scott last season. He started strong but flamed out as the season progressed. Scott’s emergence into a dependable pass-rusher, as well as Edwards’ prohibitive salary prompted the move Friday.

The Raiders saved $2.5 million by releasing Edwards. Third-year player Jay Richardson and Scott are expected to received increased playing time now that Edwards is gone.

The Raiders are expected to part ways with left offensive tackle Kwame Harris and a few others in the next several days. Cutting Harris would net the Raiders $7.2 million in 2009 cap savings.

25 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: WILSON, CURRY AND EDWARDS RELEASED”

  1. DieHardRaider says:

    WHY DID THEY RELEASE WILSON I KNOW HE IS GETTING PAID ALOT BUT WHO ELSE IS LEFT?? THEY NEED TO GET RID OF HUFF AND HARRIS… I HOPE WE DONT HAVE HUFF GIVING UP TOUCHDOWNS LEFT AND RIGHT NEXT YEAR..

  2. realraider202 says:

    Wow the wilson release is a shock i thought he played decent and he did try to show some leadership by voicing his displeasure with the way we played now curry and edwards arent a suprise maybe we have somethings up our sleeve.

  3. kiDDD says:

    He was due $7 million this year, I wonder what his cap hit will be…

  4. Sonny says:

    Something is up, I love this time of year and waiting to see what Al Davis is going to do. Some how I think we might be in for a few suprises from Al Davis and the Raiders before all is said and done. They said they want the Raiders D to get back to taking heads off and it looks like the new D Staff, Cable and Al are working on making it happen.

  5. titusraider07 says:

    I just dont understand this…Curry & Edwards make sense…but Wilson? We paid him so much garunteed money, when he signed. I think Al realises that he spent money on the wrong people and he is making up for it this year. All I am concerned about is if this is going to hurt the cap space and if we owe him anything. I hope that we can use money on good free agent lineman and receivers. Now

  6. Raiderball says:

    AD has already proven that he is going rebuild instead of repair.Wilson never showed strength in defending the pass.

  7. RaiderTay says:

    I really liked Wilson. He brought a level of intensity to the team. Im sorry to see him go. I think that was a BIG mistake.

  8. RaiderTay says:

    He didnt need to be strong against the pass if you have these so called “lockdown” corners. He was more than stout against the run.

  9. Raiderball says:

    That limits coverage options.Had he been able to defend the pass we could bring back the serious threat of corner blitz like we saw with C-wood.Although his intensity will be missed.

  10. massillonraider says:

    i’m not surprised. Wilson might of had 100 or so tackles, but could of had 200 if not for all the ones he missed. i think the big thing was his salary as well as he griping during last season. got to get rid of the ones who dont want to be here, especially if its a starter! i would have felt better had i seen kwame’s name on that list though.

  11. ok you can pick on the fact that he could not cover anyone but Wilson was not a complainer

  12. realraider202 says:

    BE PATIENT HARRIS NAME WILL BE ON THE LIST SOON ENOUGH WILSON DID MISS A TON OF TACKLES BUT HE WASNT THE ONLY ONE IF HE WOULD HAVE TOOK THE ROSTER BONUS CUT HE WOULD STILL BE HERE ITS ABOUT FREEING UP MONEY RIGHT NOW

  13. ksraider says:

    Wilson got released because of his attitude, he didn’t want to play here last year. Cable wants guys with good attitudes, I say good riddance, let’s get this team back on track and kick some ass!

  14. DBLX says:

    I’m surprised! I would have dropped Javon I need a Walker! He’s useless! A waste!

  15. VikingRaider says:

    Shocked! I don’t like it. I Wonder if this means we will go after Dawkins?

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  17. JSpicoli says:

    WILSON!!!! WILSON???? Sorry but I’m calling F-up. GWilson can bust the run.

  18. raiderlove says:

    The Wilson move is very interesting. I will hold my comments until AD filles the spot so I can compare the players

  19. manuelr8er says:

    man what a mistake “undead AL” made.now we have to take a cap hit and we loose a hard hitting ss.we need two safties now.fs&ss.
    he was good just in a bad system.i understand the other cuts.but why wilson?

  20. Tony Mcdizzle says:

    we need a line most of all ….but bad move on wilson

  21. mjl84 says:

    Al Davis is crazy, and the Raiders will be screwed until he dies. Then they might have a chance. I couldn’t believe it when Davis fired Kiffin, Kiffin was the best thing to happen to the Raiders since Gruden and Gannon. Kiffin at least knew how to play to the strengths of the team…/sigh, I’m still pissed that Davis convinced Walker to stay instead of giving all the money back…so stupid!

  22. PROVO says:

    Wow! So now what happens at Safety ??? That was a dumb move!
    Make a trade AL bring over Polamalu…..

  23. raiderlove says:

    It makes sense since they play so much man 2 man and his coverage skills are lacking. He made WAY too many tackels for his position. Bringing in a good linebacker and you wont even miss him.

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