The first surprise cut has come down. One time projected to start, veteran linebacker Brandon Marshall is now unemployed according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
A surprise release: the Raiders have terminated linebacker Brandon Marshall, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2019
The veteran former Broncos linebacker was hoping to live a dream of his to play for the Raiders when they take the field in his hometown of Las Vegas in 2020. This cut doesn’t eliminate that possibility, but he would need to be re-signed in order for it to happen.
The 29-year-old became available this offseason when the Broncos didn’t pick up the option on his contract. He spent the entire offseason rehabbing a leg injury, returning for training camp. Playing deep into several preseason games was not a great sign for his status with the team, but having missed so much time, it made sense to get him work. It was clear, the Raiders wanted to see more from him. They didn’t like what they saw apparently.
Marshall thanked the Raiders for the opportunity.
I thank Oakland for the Opportunity! Unfortunately I had to use training camp to work myself back to full health, and I did just that! Ready for what God has for me next— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh) August 30, 2019
Marshall’s cut opens the door for Nicholas Morrow to step into the starting weakside linebacker spot barring any other additions the Raiders make from other team’s cuts.