It seemed inevitable the Raiders would release Seth Roberts this offseason. He was due $4.8 million with no dead money if cut. Then they started signing wide receivers and clearing cap by cutting other players. Roberts lasted longer than most expected. But in the end he too was among those let go by the Raiders.
The former undrafted free agent spent five seasons with the Raiders, appearing in 62 games with 25 starts. In that time he caught 158 passes for 1826 yards and 13 touchdowns, typically from the slot. And was one hell of a downfield blocker.
The move happened early Thursday morning, just hours after the Raiders signed wide receiver Ryan Grant who apparently is Seth’s replacement.
Roberts release was the final step in a complete turnover at the wide receiver position for the Raiders since the start of last season.
Early in the 2018 season the wide receiving corps consisted of Jordy Nelson (cut, retired), Amari Cooper (traded to Dallas for a 1st round pick), Martavis Bryant (suspended indefinitely), Seth Roberts (cut), and Brandon LaFell (IR, not re-signed).
Now the receiving corps is Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant, and JJ Nelson. Brown was, of course, acquired in traded with the Steelers for 3rd and 5th round draft picks. All the others were signed as free agents.