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Christian Hackenberg’s time with Raiders ends after just three weeks

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Christian Hackenberg we hardly knew ye. The former second round pick’s time in Oakland lasted exactly three weeks. He was acquired in trade with the Jets on May 22 and cut today ahead of the team’s mandatory minicamp. He and linebacker Brady Sheldon were both cut to make room for incoming veteran free agent additions Frostee Rucker, and Ahtyba Rubin.

Before you think the Raiders wasted a draft pick in trading for Hackenberg, they didn’t. The trade was for a conditional 7th round pick. The condition was likely that he make the team. He did not, so the Raiders lose nothing.

Asking for Hackenberg to earn a spot on the roster in three weeks of OTA’s was a tall order. He joined the team as the fourth quarterback behind Derek Carr, EJ Manuel, and Connor Cook. There was no way the team was going to carry four QB’s into camp, but one would have though they would at least keep Hackenberg through minicamp. They did not.

Hackenberg was originally a second round pick of the Jets in the 2016 draft. He has never appeared in an NFL regular season game.