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Raiders let promising rookie CB Breon Borders get away, signed by the Bills

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There it is. The Raiders have lost undrafted rookie cornerback Breon Borders. He has been signed by the Bills off the team’s practice squad, according to Vic Tafur of the Athletic.

Just yesterday, I mentioned that the Raiders should send Amari Cooper to injured reserve and one of the reasons was to ensure they didn’t lose Borders to another team. And now it’s happened.

Borders was one of the few standout undrafted rookies during the offseason and training camp and at one time was running with the first team, while the team was disappointed with Sean Smith. He didn’t make the team out of camp and was placed on injured reserve.

There were several times this season the team was down to just three cornerbacks on the roster and STILL they didn’t call up Borders from the practice squad. They instead called up Darius Latham only to make him inactive on game day. David Amerson will miss his 8th straight game Sunday, but they haven’t sent him to IR, which could’ve opened the door for Borders.

They sent Obi Melifonwu to injured reserve Friday, but it was to activate Antonio Hamilton from injured reserve, not to sign Borders.

It’s just weird. Of all the potential this undrafted rookie displayed, they just let him walk away with no effort to retain him. Utterly ridiculous and confusing personnel decisions.