After three seasons of chances from the Raiders, Mario Edwards Jr’s chances in Oakland ran out. But his NFL chances have not. After being waived by the Raiders on Saturday, he was scooped up off waivers by the Giants.
The former second round pick never played a full season with the Raiders over three seasons, including missing all but the final two games of the season in 2016. And when he did play, he wasn’t a difference maker.
Despite running with the first team defensive line all offseason and training camp, Edwards’s days were numbered with the drafting of defensive linemen Maurice Hurst and PJ Hall. Though it may have been the sudden emergence of players like Fadol Brown and Shilique Calhoun that ultimately sealed Edwards’s fate.
Even with the release of Edwards, the Raiders kept ten defensive linemen in their initial 53-man roster. With Edwards set to make $1.9 million this season, it wasn’t worth it to have him as part of that crowd.
Former Raiders cornerback Antonio Hamilton was also claimed off waivers by the Giants. Hamilton went undrafted in 2016 and spent the past three seasons with the Raiders as a reserve cornerback and special teams player.