As expected, the Las Vegas Raiders are parting ways with defensive end Carl Nassib, who made NFL history in 2021. Last June, Nassib came out publicly as the NFL’s first openly gay active player.
Raiders are releasing DE Carl Nassib, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2022
The decision to cut Nassib was strictly financial. He signed a three-year $25 million contract in 2020 by the previous regime. Nassib never lived up to that contract on the field. He had just four sacks in two seasons in Las Vegas. His salary-cap relief won’t come until June (just like linebacker Cory Littleton, who is also being cut).
#Raiders will still take a $6.6 million dead cap charge for Nassib. They can split that to $1.65M this season and $4.95 next season if they designate him as a post June 1 cut and keep his $9.65M cap hit on the books until June. Nassib got paid more than $17M for 2 seasons https://t.co/gdEnalBVVT— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) March 16, 2022
The money saved by these cuts can go to extending the contracts of Las Vegas players such as quarterback Derek Carr and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, and also can help with signing draft picks and emergency money for the season. But it won’t help immediately in free agency. There is also dead money involved. The team may also cut other players, with linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski being a candidate.
On March 1, the Raiders honored Nassib by matching his $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project that LGBTQ youth.
Bringing LGBTQ+ representation and visibility to the NFL and sports.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) March 1, 2022
Carl Nassib’s courageous story was shared last year and we are standing with him to match his $100,000 donation to The @TrevorProject. To learn more visit https://t.co/BitjmwH51Q pic.twitter.com/8FHuOX1uK1
While Nassib is moving on, he had a major impact in Las Vegas and he will have a forever legacy with the Raiders, a franchise famous for embracing diversity and inclusion.
In his first season out publicly, there was no public negativity surrounding Nassib in the league. He appeared to get full support of his teammates and the organization. Here’s to Nassib quickly getting another opportunity to continue his historic career.