In a move that was expected, the Raiders have made the release of defensive end LaMarr Woodley official.
Woodley was signed last offseason to a 2-year $12 million deal by the Raiders. He played in six games before being lost for the season with a biceps injury. Previous to his injury, he was basically irrelevant in the lineup. He started all six games and had a total of 5 tackles (3 solo).
This season he was to carry a salary of $5.2 million and cutting him leaves no dead money left behind. This release officially brings the Raiders money available under the cap to $64.1 million which is second only to the Jacksonville Jaguars who have $68.4 million to spend.
This move comes on the heels of Maurice Jones-Drew announcing his retirement. Also happening this week was the release of Tyvon Branch. The final expected move would be the release of Matt Schaub who carries a cap number of $5.5 million.