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No explanation from Raiders on decision to cut rookie draft pick

Following the Oakland Raiders’ surprising decision to cut ties with sixth-round rookie defensive end Stryker Sulak, which Mike Florio reported earlier today, a source close to the situation tells us that the team gave no reason for the decision to release him.

Per our source, Sulak hasn’t been in any kind of trouble that would have prompted this abrupt removal from the roster.

In fact, Sulak and his agent haven’t been contacted by the Raiders at this point.

“Shocked is the best way to put it,” the source said. “This is a good kid who plays football, hunts and fishes. This is very dysfunctional. I’m shocked that they didn’t even call him to let him know or call his agent.

“It sounded like the minicamps went well and that he would have a chance to make the club. Of course, signing Greg Ellis might have made it tougher for him to make it. He’ll go through the waiver system and see what happens.”

Our source said that he pressed Sulak about whether he had been in any sort of trouble and Sulak steadfastly denied any kind of off-field problems.

“He has just been back home working out and getting ready for camp,” our source said. “He had just received a letter inviting him to come to camp. It’s a brutal business, and it’s a shame that they wouldn’t give him a legitimate chance to compete and try to make the team.”

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50 Responses to “No explanation from Raiders on decision to cut rookie draft pick”
  1. William Wallace says: Jul 13, 2009 7:32 PM

    Go ahead Florio, tell us again how impressed you are by Al Davis.

  2. Bill In DC says: Jul 13, 2009 7:37 PM

    Well, maybe that was the problem. He wasn’t a bad boy enough to please the Raiders.

  3. Rex Grossman says: Jul 13, 2009 7:43 PM

    It’s probably because they realized they drafted some guy named “Stryker”. That screams douche. Don’t care if it isn’t his fault.

  4. JSpicoli says: Jul 13, 2009 7:44 PM

    Like the mediots deserve any notice.
    We signed Ellis, drafted another DE ahead of him, have Trevor Scott making noise, and Skylar was going to move to LB anyway (do some research and you can find it).
    We are doing him a favor giving him max time to find a new spot.

  5. DaVikes says: Jul 13, 2009 7:53 PM

    …of course, they had no explanation when they drafted him, either.

  6. bshinkle says: Jul 13, 2009 7:57 PM

    A pathetic franchise cuts a sixth round draft pick before camp. This is news?!

  7. Beam me up Scotty says: Jul 13, 2009 7:58 PM

    The kid is Lucky! He’s out of that disfunctional team situation and ready to be grabbed off waivers.

  8. seaner44 says: Jul 13, 2009 8:02 PM

    it’s the raiders, would anyone expect anything different?

  9. Display Name says: Jul 13, 2009 8:06 PM

    “Per our source” and “Our source said…”
    Who’s this ‘source’? His grandmother?

  10. Jungle Juice says: Jul 13, 2009 8:11 PM

    The Raiders almost seem like a team run by a senile old man…oh wait.
    I mean, did they forget that they just drafted this guy? Alzheimers kickin in?

  11. Chaz Thennes says: Jul 13, 2009 8:18 PM

    This is the most dysfunctional team in sports. Al Davis is completely out of his mind. I don’t think he is mentally fit to own a team. At some point Goodell may have to step in and force him to sell. The moves they have made over the last 5 years are mind boggling. Giving Javon Walker 50+ million? Cutting Deangelo Hall halfway through the season after signing him to a huge contract? Drafting Heyward-Bey 7th? Thank God I’m not a Raiders fan.

  12. veistran says: Jul 13, 2009 8:21 PM

    Emperor Alpatine continues to demonstrate that he has well and truly lost it.

  13. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 13, 2009 8:22 PM

    “Our source said that he pressed Sulak about whether he had been in any sort of trouble and Sulak steadfastly denied any kind of off-field problems.”
    There’s your problem right there.
    How’s he going to fit in with the Raiders if he’s a damned boy scout?

  14. empty13 says: Jul 13, 2009 8:23 PM

    its the raiders. no explanaiton is coming, and if it did, it wouldnt make any sense.

  15. Sigildark says: Jul 13, 2009 8:35 PM

    He was a 6th round pick. I guess they saw enough and what they did see at the OTAs they didn’t like. Either way, slow news days for Sulak to be on the front page.

  16. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Jul 13, 2009 8:39 PM

    This just goes to show you just what type of an organization the Oakland Raiders brass and Al Davis run. They cut a sixth round draft choice without even given him a single reason as to why he was let go. I understand he was simply a sixth round choice and not a first, second or even a third rounder. But you know something, a guy who came out of Michigan by the name of Tom Brady was also a sixth round draft choice and all he did was lead his team to three Super Bowl titles. Terrell Davis was also a sixth round draft pick and many accredit him with being the reason John Elway won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships before retiring. And I am not saying that this guy would have been the next defensive sleeper awaiting to burst onto the seen. But you never know unless you give the guy a shot. And this is just one of the reason why the Raiders will not return to their winning ways of yesteryear. It wouldn’t have cost them a single cent to see what exactly this guy has in training camp. I just hope the guy gets a chance with another team, hopefully in the same division as the Raiders so each time he plays them he can remind them what kind of a nut-job is running that organization!

  17. TSE says: Jul 13, 2009 8:47 PM

    I am willing to bet I know the answer to this.
    He wouldn’t sign his contract offer quickly enough is the reason.
    Other players in the NFL are signing, so timewise there’s no reason why he couldn’t have a signed deal at this point.
    Most likely he was given an offer and he or his agent said I will have to think about it, and Al Davis got pissed off, because there really should be no reason for him to have to think about it. So send a message and let the other unproven squirts know that they have no leverage and they aren’t worth jack squat yet until they earn it.
    Sulak probably has a terrible agent who failed to do the right thing for him which was to ensure that he gets a signed deal to follow his dream in the NFL.
    Hopefully other low round pond scum players will learn from his mistake and sign a deal immediately while they can before their potential employer thinks less of them as a person for trying to hold out for more cash before they ever take a snap.
    That’s my guess, and I’m willing to bet I’m absolutely correct, otherwise there would be little to no reason for this move, it’s clear that an example is being made here, it’s so intuitive, as there isn’t any other major risk to having him around especially considering they invested a pick on him.
    It’s your fault Sulak, your greed paired with your bad agent might have cost you your shot, and I have no sympathy for you.

  18. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Jul 13, 2009 8:57 PM

    So does this mean they just wasted a draft pick? I bet so! They waste money, draft choices and their fans time. Thank God I’m not a follower of that Black and Silver Pit of Hell in Oakland.

  19. Sigildark says: Jul 13, 2009 9:09 PM

    God you guys talk like he was a 1st round pick.
    Draft picks get cut early all the time, especially late rounders.

  20. thinker says: Jul 13, 2009 9:23 PM

    Seriously, TSE, that’s about as silly of an argument as someone could make. After about the first 10 picks in the 1st round and certainly after the 1st round, the contracts are slotted. The 211th player picked gets a little less than the 210th player and a little more than the 212th player. 6th Round draft choices simply do not hold out. This is just more Raider dysfunction.

  21. mikenjess143 says: Jul 13, 2009 9:28 PM

    The explanation: The organization sucks there picks were horrible and they need to make room for there 5 QB’s. Or anyone else the senile old man thinks will sell more tickets. But whose more stupid the organization for those horrible picks, or the fans who pay to see them.

  22. INVAIDUH says: Jul 13, 2009 9:37 PM

    Released cause he isn’t that good.
    Do you really need an explanation?
    Good kid. Bad pick. Whaaaa.
    Feeding off of your hate and sleeping great.
    Get bent Dumps.
    R. NATION.

  23. DarthPirate says: Jul 13, 2009 9:45 PM

    Jesus folks, It’s a SIXTH ROUND PICK. Big deal. The Raiders decided they didn’t like him and cut him in time for him to sign on with someone else.
    Wish him luck and move on.
    Damn.

  24. Fatty McButterpants says: Jul 13, 2009 9:46 PM

    If the Raiders haven’t informed him he’s been waived and they don’t have the transaction on their website, that means there is nothing official other than the always right “PFT’s unnamed source”.
    Does nobody else see the irresponsibility of this report if it turns out not to be true?

  25. raiders177 says: Jul 13, 2009 9:50 PM

    The team has a gaggle of DE’s and the kid was a 6th rounder. Really people? You really need an explanation for this? Come on, a 6 year old can figure this out.

  26. MrNatural says: Jul 13, 2009 9:51 PM

    Just another whacked-out day in the life of Al Davis. Not in the conventional Jerry Jones way, either. Davis is long past his ability to function in today’s NFL.
    But what do we fans know. We’re just the little people.
    Hurry up and and do something worthy, Al. We don’t care how old your mother is.
    Wonder if Al submits to the mandatory drug testing program as is required of all NFL owners, GM’s, staff and players? Bet he has never pissed in a cup. Anybody know?

  27. INVAIDUH says: Jul 13, 2009 9:56 PM

    Hey McNabb2jackoff.
    With McNabbs great bounce passes he should play for the Washington Generals.
    Comment on what ya know…
    Like how he’s only good at choking/barfing.

  28. Silver&Black666 says: Jul 13, 2009 10:03 PM

    I don’t know whats more pathetic old Raider fans like me holding out for hope that big Al will one day relinquish control of a once great sports franchise……Or being a dim witted inbreed Philadelphia Eagles fan that has an empty trophy case and thinks that gives him the right to talk smack to a team that beat his team in the Super Bowl!
    Yeah my team may suck right now but I got a case full of trophy’s to look at and that’s something an Eagle fan will never get to experience.
    2 Super Bowl losses you only need 2 more to tie Buffalo and Minnesota.

  29. INVAIDUH says: Jul 13, 2009 10:34 PM

    Take it easy “MrNatural” Paul Orndorf.
    Did you say something? The 10 year old in me
    couldn’t get past your name. Loaf.
    AHAHAHAHHHH. Bring on J.Y.D.

  30. jimicos says: Jul 13, 2009 10:43 PM

    Sigildark says:
    July 13, 2009 9:09 PM
    God you guys talk like he was a 1st round pick.
    Draft picks get cut early all the time, especially late rounders.
    ———————————
    But very rarely do they get cut before they’ve signed their rookie contract. It’s a wasted pick.

  31. jimicos says: Jul 13, 2009 10:45 PM

    You Raiders fans know you’re under no obligation to get Al’s backside, right? You don’t have to argue that it was the brightest move since the forward pass. You can just shrug your shoulders, curse under your breath and say, “Oh well, there’s always next draft.”

  32. JSpicoli says: Jul 13, 2009 10:48 PM

    You are all Genius GM’s.

  33. INVAIDUH says: Jul 13, 2009 10:53 PM

    OHhhh Jimicos…
    yer so smrt..what were we thinking.
    I’ll take being a Raider fan over ANY other…
    ANY day…Even in this bad time… That’s how good it is.
    And yer team is???? Still not better than us.
    ZZZZzzzzzzz..

  34. INVAIDUH says: Jul 13, 2009 10:57 PM

    And yes Orndorf…There’s a 10 yr old in me.
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHHHH.
    You won’t hurt my feelings…I’ve none.
    Piece Playboy.

  35. STFU Donnie says: Jul 13, 2009 11:00 PM

    To McNabb2JacksonAllGay,
    How hard were you cheering for that “nut-job organization” versus Tampa because Philly isn’t good enough to get in the playoffs on their own? Your welcome.
    Oh and well see who’s talking when your boys visit that so-called “black and silver pit of hell” this October. This team is on the way back and we don’t need Stryker Sulak to get there.
    For the rest of the haters, why is this a big deal again?

  36. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 13, 2009 11:06 PM

    Hey, do you guys remember when Orndorf ran out of the back of the endzone?
    Hahaha, that was so funny.
    He could still start for the Raiders.

  37. drummer1279 says: Jul 14, 2009 12:02 AM

    I think with the addition of Ellis, which they got well after the draft, that made Stryker expendable. Ellis can play DE or LB, just like Stryker and obviously has much more experience. I agree that this is probably better for Stryker to get cut this soon, and hopefully he can land a spot on another team. I wish him well.
    I don’t think this was a bad move. Sure, I would have liked to see what he could have done in camp, but he was a long shot to make the team, most likely a practice squad addition at best, after the addition of Ellis. This free’s up an additional roster spot that they could use to add depth to more dire need’s such as the DT position. I think it’s too early to jump on the Al Davis/Raider hating bandwagon until this plays out, but I think they must have a plan in place. Besides many draft picks have been cut over the years, it’s not like this is the first.

  38. TSE says: Jul 14, 2009 1:08 AM

    Thinker,
    You apparently aren’t a strong thinker. Slotted? LOL
    If it was that simple then there would be no signing of contracts, players would just automatically be contracted out during the draft for exact amounts, but THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS!
    IT IS A NEGOTIATION! TWO SIDES! And sometimes one side wants to try and squeeze more from the other side, we could be talking about a 100k extra in signing bonus or some small amount that may not seem like much to a rich tycoon like yourself, but to Sulak maybe it seemed like a good play! And maybe the years of the contract weren’t agreeable, and perhaps the difference was a lot more than 100k, either way, it could be as little as 10k , and that’s all it takes for Sulak to offend Al Davis.
    Why else would they NOT notify Sulak? Obviously because they don’t respect him or don’t like him! Well why would that be??
    CMON THINKER, THINK!! He either has a big off field problem or attitude problem, OR he offended Al Davis JUST AS I SAID! And since there is no report of an off-field problem, gee what does that mean, well I think that means MY INTERPRETATION is holding water!

  39. Ghost2thePost says: Jul 14, 2009 2:05 AM

    Umm, there is no such thing as a $100k difference at #199. Being as this was a Pats pick, I hope this is a positive change for the Raiders. If we could give up the ghost on John Bowie and free up that roster spot it will be change we can believe in. Good luck to Sulak. Looking at pics of the kid it’s hard to see how he could play DE vs the run, but all those forced fumbles… Would have liked to see if that could carry over.

  40. Stan_The_Man_12 says: Jul 14, 2009 2:26 AM

    Adam Schefter is also reporting that Al wanted to show the rest of the NFL how much of a visionary he is, that, not only could he draft busts with the first two picks in the 09 draft but that he was also extremely capable of drafting busts in the later rounds.
    Go Chargers.

  41. Ghost2thePost says: Jul 14, 2009 2:30 AM

    Umm, there is no such thing as a $100k difference at #199. Being as this was a Pats pick, I hope this is a positive change for the Raiders. If we could give up the ghost on John Bowie and free up that roster spot it will be change we can believe in. Good luck to Sulak. Looking at pics of the kid it’s hard to see how he could play DE vs the run, but all those forced fumbles… Would have liked to see if that could carry over.

  42. Stan_The_Man_12 says: Jul 14, 2009 2:32 AM

    INVAIDUH says:
    July 13, 2009 9:37 PM
    Released cause he isn’t that good.
    Do you really need an explanation?
    Good kid. Bad pick. Whaaaa.
    Feeding off of your hate and sleeping great.
    Get bent Dumps.
    R. NATION.
    The again your franchise stinks and isnt that good either, so what your saying is that a franchise that’s won 22 games over the last 7 years has the luxury of drafting a player even if he is a low round pick and throwing it away after allowing him to practice with the 2nd string defense in your OTA’s???
    You better come up with something better than that, it makes no sense….wait nothing the raiders have done the last 30 years makes any sense.

  43. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jul 14, 2009 7:30 AM

    Stan_The_Man_12 says: July 14, 2009 2:32 AM
    “wait nothing the raiders have done the last 30 years makes any sense.”
    ====================================== Charger fans take the cake, I mean, WOW!
    In those “30 years”, the Raiders won 2 Super Bowls and the Chargers won….. NOTHING AT ALL and have never won anything.
    Moron.

  44. billygoat says: Jul 14, 2009 10:30 AM

    This will be the best thing to ever happen to this kid.

  45. jimicos says: Jul 14, 2009 10:51 AM

    INVAIDUH says:
    July 13, 2009 10:53 PM
    OHhhh Jimicos…
    yer so smrt..what were we thinking.
    I’ll take being a Raider fan over ANY other…
    ANY day…Even in this bad time… That’s how good it is.
    And yer team is???? Still not better than us.
    ZZZZzzzzzzz..
    ————————————
    Packers. My team is the Packers. But, get this… I don’t back up every move made by them.
    *dramatic chords play in background*
    If they do something stupid, I’ll admit it. And yes they are better than the Raiders. When was the last time the Raiders won more games in a season than the Packers? 2000. How many times has that happened in the last 15 seasons? Once. I rest my case.

  46. zygi milf says: Jul 14, 2009 11:40 AM

    @ INVAIDUH – Please don’t attack Jimicos. He and SpartaChris are the only two reasonable Packer fans on this site. If it was JimmySmith or Bob Nelson, fire away.
    BTW – you’re wasting all your venom on attacks on your team cutting it’s sixth round pick before training camp, when you should be saving it for all the sure-to-be-coming comments on your laughable first-round reach when he flops miserably during the season.

  47. ZN0rseman says: Jul 14, 2009 12:48 PM

    Florio and/or Wilson,
    Why would the Raiders not just trade the guy?
    I’m assuming that if he was picked by the Raiders, that he was an early 6th rounder and that surely one of the 31 other NFL teams out there would be willing to part with a 2010 7th rounder to get the guy.
    Am I missing something here?
    –Z

  48. suite34 says: Jul 14, 2009 4:07 PM

    Maybe the kid sold Al Davis some bogus film tax credits…

  49. lajimmy says: Jul 14, 2009 5:58 PM

    Unreal. Only the Raiders could elicit this kind of reaction over cutting a late round pick a month early. Most of the late picks made in the draft will be cut by the time the season starts. The only difference is those guys will have been paid SB’s by their respective clubs or will be negotiating injury settlements. The hatred continues.

  50. ottomac says: Jul 22, 2009 4:11 AM

    I just visited this site out of curiosity and I’m pretty amazed at what some people really think that are fans about what’s really going on inside organizations. I have a good friend that is employed in an office position for an NFL team & he always has interesting things to tell me about what’s going on. Really though to be a Raider fan if your my age isn’t that bad. They still have one of the most winning franchises in sports even though they’ve looked awful the past six years. Most every dominate team goes through these spells they just don’t get the publicity the Raiders do. I will tell you this though Al isn’t crazy. He does resent the direction the NFL is going. He’s the only owner that pays for his players NFL dues… He did have a large roll in developing the AFL and became the commissioner for a period of time. I’m going to say with some confidence that Al has given his life to a Team and has seen it struggle as of late. he would be the first to tell you that some of his decisions have been poor ones. Al might get it right with Cable who knows.

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