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Raiders waive sixth-round pick

The Oakland Raiders have found a new way to avoid holdouts by rookie draft picks.

The solution?  Cut them.

A league source tells us that the Raiders have waived defensive end Stryker Sulak, a sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft.

The formal designation was “waived/unsigned.”

So, basically, the Raiders have cut Sulak before his rookie training camp.  Said the source, “I’ve never seen that happen before.”

But the tactic is permitted.  Teams are required only to tender one-year contracts for the rookie minimum to their draft picks.  Even if the draft pick were to sign the one-year tender, the team would still have the ability to terminate the non-guaranteed deal.

Sulak was the 26th player picked in round six, and the 199th overall in the draft.  The Raiders selected Sulak with a draft pick obtained from the Patriots.

The reason for the Raiders’ decision to cut Sulak isn’t known.  Yet.
 

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39 Responses to “Raiders waive sixth-round pick”
  1. Cecil says: Jul 13, 2009 5:07 PM

    Justifications in 3…2…1…

  2. jimicos says: Jul 13, 2009 5:14 PM

    In other news, Al Davis was seen late last Friday burning money in a barrel in his driveway. Film at 11.

  3. J.Cannon says: Jul 13, 2009 5:20 PM

    Worts organization in the league. Until Al Davis gives up some control it will continue to be a Matt Millen situation in Oakland.

  4. Brewster says: Jul 13, 2009 5:20 PM

    The reason for the Raiders’ decision to cut Sulak isn’t known. Yet.
    _____________
    The reason for many of the Raider’s decisions are unknown, except to al Davis.

  5. Eddie Drycleaner says: Jul 13, 2009 5:25 PM

    has anyone noticed there have been zero arrests in 23 days? that can’t be right. If you’re looking for something to do, spend the next few hours for someone who plays in the NFL who was arrested for something, anything, and let’s reset that clock!

  6. titan_fan says: Jul 13, 2009 5:27 PM

    After seeing their ’09 draft picks it would be a bad idea for them to just release them all

  7. as big as a hat says: Jul 13, 2009 5:31 PM

    I heard it was because he only ran a 4.4 forty at OTAs.

  8. Big Stretch says: Jul 13, 2009 5:34 PM

    apparently they discovered he was actually a good player, and they felt he wouldn’t fit in with the team

  9. Vikingborn70 says: Jul 13, 2009 5:34 PM

    The Raiers have a history of DUI’s, Roofies, and Misfits so it’ll be interesting finding out why he was cut…..I would’ve cut him based on his first name alone

  10. DarthPirate says: Jul 13, 2009 5:37 PM

    That’s odd, but at least he’s got enough time to latch on with someone else.
    And Florio, I know that holdout dig at the Raiders is because of the JaMarcus ordeal, but other than him I can’t remember the last time the Raiders had a major holdout. Just sayin’.

  11. DarthPirate says: Jul 13, 2009 5:37 PM

    Oh and Keith Davis was released.

  12. Brant says: Jul 13, 2009 5:39 PM

    When will these guys learn to stop parking in Al’s parking space. Only Jerry Porter could get away with that one.

  13. descendency says: Jul 13, 2009 5:51 PM

    They made a bad pick and it was obvious to them…
    Finally!

  14. RaiderMight says: Jul 13, 2009 6:17 PM

    You really need a possible reason Mike?
    Here you go:
    1. Ellis was aquired after the draft.
    2. They couldn’t get any true value for Burgess
    3. 7 of the other 8 Defensive Ends on the roster: Matt Shaughnessy, Trevor Scott, Jay Richardson, Greyson Gunheim, Derrick Gray
    After Ellis was added there wasn’t a need for him. It’s also rare (not as rare) to see a team go into the season with that many DE.
    They also have 4 QBs, they will have to get another punter and kicker to give lechler and seabass time to rest their legs.
    So space is valuable. But what I think was the catalyst to getting rid of him was signing Ellis so much time after the draft. I am also guessing that if they really liked him, they will sign him to the practice squad. With the DE cast mentioned above, this guy wasn’t going to get that many reps, so why keep him?

  15. Justin says: Jul 13, 2009 6:26 PM

    They cut a 3rd round pick in Quentin Moses when Kiffin was still coaching so how can you have never seen that before? Where was this source 2 years ago?
    Obviously, he was drafted as a project and he didn’t stick in any one position. Why waste the money?
    I mean they usually give guys like him scholarships for multiple years (See: Sam Williams) so I’m glad they’re going away from that.

  16. lajimmy says: Jul 13, 2009 6:28 PM

    I don’t know why they cut him now, but his chances of making the team were slim to none after they signed Greg Ellis, so who gives a shit.

  17. Dr. Hannibal Lector says: Jul 13, 2009 6:32 PM

    This happened a few years ago with the Eagles and now-Colts De Raheem Brock. In the Eagles case, they simply ran out of money with the rookie pool. D’oh.

  18. SimpleSimon says: Jul 13, 2009 6:47 PM

    Your source must be new to the NFL or have a bad memory because the Eagles drafted and cut Raheem Brock before he ever signed a rookie contract. The Colts then picked him up and he has been there ever since.

  19. JSpicoli says: Jul 13, 2009 6:57 PM

    Most ignorant comment made about the NFL?
    “Until AD goes away/dies/gives up control the Raiders will never be anything”
    1. Bidwell went to the SB last year.
    2. They said all the same things in 1997 for those of you with a memory and anything other than ADHD.
    3. Dude is not the worst owner in the NFL. By a longshot.
    So quit breathing from your mouth and spitting on the display. Try to get some of your own analysis, not what you are being spoon fed.

  20. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 13, 2009 7:00 PM

    That’s good. Send a message to the other players……Sure, the message is “we’re retarded”….but it’s still a message.
    Message received, Mr. Davis. Well played.

  21. Rob says: Jul 13, 2009 7:02 PM

    should anything the raiders do actually surprise us?

  22. Bucho says: Jul 13, 2009 7:11 PM

    Cutting a draft pick before a signed contract does happen from time to time – usually though, it’s because the player has become so radioactive that bringing him to camp is far outweighed by his turdiness. Example: Jeremiah Pharms and his burglary incident.

  23. svn says: Jul 13, 2009 7:27 PM

    this is so weird. 199th pick,6th round,patriots…..

  24. critch says: Jul 13, 2009 7:46 PM

    Florio, you have to be one of the worst on the web

  25. NinerNation says: Jul 13, 2009 7:55 PM

    JSpicoli — Seriously, you don’t think Al Davis is even close to being the worst owner in the NFL? I thought it was obvious…Ford(Lions), and Davis(Raiders). Al Davis is so dysfunctional it’s a joke. Really, think a little bit before you start praising crazy Al.

  26. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 13, 2009 8:05 PM

    “Rob says:
    July 13, 2009 7:02 PM
    should anything the raiders do actually surprise us?”
    Win as many games as they lose?
    That would surprise the hell out of just about everyone.
    Except the homers, who are expecting a SB win.

  27. Smooth Operator says: Jul 13, 2009 8:32 PM

    The Raiders’ problems were all Lane Kiffin’s fault. Riiight.

  28. jimicos says: Jul 13, 2009 10:35 PM

    RaiderMight says:
    July 13, 2009 6:17 PM
    You really need a possible reason Mike?
    Here you go:
    1. Ellis was aquired after the draft.
    2. They couldn’t get any true value for Burgess
    3. 7 of the other 8 Defensive Ends on the roster: Matt Shaughnessy, Trevor Scott, Jay Richardson, Greyson Gunheim, Derrick Gray
    —————————————
    Wow. You’re right. There’s a lot of experienced DEs already there:
    Jay Richardson: 22 career starts
    Shaughnessy: 0 career starts
    Scott: 0 career starts
    Gunheim: 0 career starts
    Gray: 0 career starts
    He’d never crack the starting lineup with all those firecrackers ahead of him on the depth chart.

  29. jimicos says: Jul 13, 2009 10:37 PM

    Justin says:
    July 13, 2009 6:26 PM
    Obviously, he was drafted as a project and he didn’t stick in any one position. Why waste the money?
    ———————————-
    Seriously? You’re saying they drafted the guy “as a project” and then gave up on the project before they even signed him? It’s a wasted pick, nothing more, nothing less.
    At the very least, I would’ve held onto him for training camp competition. Al’s crazy. There’s no defense.

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

    NinerNation….What a joke.

  31. Eddie Drycleaner says: Jul 13, 2009 11:22 PM

    RaiderNation… What a joke

  32. lajimmy says: Jul 14, 2009 1:10 AM

    Man it seems everytime a Raider story appears on this site, all the haters brains go on vacation.
    A) He was a 6th round pick
    B) They signed Greg Ellis
    C) They will keep 5 DE’s Max with 4 already being set in Ellis, Scott, Burgess and Richardson. That means there was going to be 4 players playing for one possible spot. He was the odd man out, they knew he was going to get sent packing, so why bother bringing him in?
    Get past the hate, and use your heads. And for those of you calling Davis the worst owner in the league: He has 3 SB’s. More than every franchise in this league with the exception of Dallas, SF and Pittsburgh, and was the last AFC West team to make it to a SB, so give it a rest.

  33. Stan_The_Man_12 says: Jul 14, 2009 3:01 AM

    WOW…another visionary move Mr Davis, how do you come up with these ideas? Ouija board?

  34. jimicos says: Jul 14, 2009 10:44 AM

    lajimmy says:
    July 14, 2009 1:10 AM
    Man it seems everytime a Raider story appears on this site, all the haters brains go on vacation.
    A) He was a 6th round pick
    B) They signed Greg Ellis
    C) They will keep 5 DE’s Max with 4 already being set in Ellis, Scott, Burgess and Richardson. That means there was going to be 4 players playing for one possible spot. He was the odd man out, they knew he was going to get sent packing, so why bother bringing him in?
    Get past the hate, and use your heads. And for those of you calling Davis the worst owner in the league: He has 3 SB’s. More than every franchise in this league with the exception of Dallas, SF and Pittsburgh, and was the last AFC West team to make it to a SB, so give it a rest.
    ———————————-
    This fact remains:
    4 of the other DEs on the depth chart have 0 NFL starts. Why not sign the guy and let him prove himself through camp? It’s an idiotic move to just let him go.
    And by the way, since when is 3 > 3? Last I checked 5 teams had won 3 Super Bowls. It’s inaccurate to say the Raiders have won more Super Bowls than the Packers, Reskins, Giants and Patriots.
    Besides, we’re not talking about Al’s ancient history. We’re talking about how crazy he is RIGHT NOW. And it’s stunning.

  35. lajimmy says: Jul 14, 2009 2:06 PM

    The 4 DE’s I mentioned are going to make the team. Trevor Scott played a ton last year and might start this season with Burgess moving to more of a 3rd down pass rush role. If you want to comment learn more about the team you’re talking about.
    The fact is, they obviously didn’t see much from Sulak in OTA’s, went out and signed Ellis, and he became redundant. He was a 6th round pick who had little chance of making the team before Ellis was signed. The fact people are making a big deal of this is ridiculous. Anything could happen if he came to camp, such as an injury that would hold the team liable for a guy they didn’t want. Who cares when he’s cut? If you know the guy isn’t going to make the club, get rid of him.
    I listed the teams the Raiders trail in Championships. The fact they are tied with 4 other clubs shouldn’t have to be said; it’s understood.
    Who’s your team jimicos? I’d love to know.

  36. jimicos says: Jul 14, 2009 4:51 PM

    My team is the Packers. Cutting a draft pick is a waste of a pick, regardless of round. If he doesn’t make the team it’s no big deal. But cutting him before signing is an admission that you didn’t do your job before the draft.

  37. lajimmy says: Jul 14, 2009 5:51 PM

    That makes no sense at all. The draft is a complete crap shoot, especially late round picks, and the vast majority of 6th round picks will be cut by their respective teams. Happens every year. Only difference is the Raiders realized this kid had no chance to make the team and cut him before any money had to be paid or he suffered an injury that would leave them on the hook.
    I have no idea why a Packer fan is here making a huge deal out of an insignificant transaction that means nothing at the end of the day, but I’d be more worried about Justin Harrell. Now that was a bad pick and a 1st rounder at that.

  38. champcast.com says: Jul 15, 2009 3:24 AM

    lajimmy – you mean to tell us you honestly believe that wasn’t a waste of a draft pick? you’re probably the only homer that isn’t the least bit embarrassed by this. why is that?
    they should have given him a shot to prove himself in training camp. if not that, then they should have drafted someone else. if not that, they should have traded the pick for value later. it was a mistake. crap shoot or not.
    6th+ rounders who were given a shot:
    Marques Colston, Bo Jackson, Tom Brady, Terrell Davis, Deacon Jones, Grady Jackson, Matt Birk, Shannon Sharpe, Roger Staubach

  39. lajimmy says: Jul 15, 2009 12:42 PM

    Of course it was a waste of a draft pick. What I’m saying is, the kid had a very slim chance of making it and the team obviously found a couple of UDFA they liked better so who cares? Getting this worked up over a 6th round pick is ridiculous. Most picks that late don’t make it in the NFL anyway. If the team has other players they like better and think have a better chance of making the team, then there is no point keeping him around at the expense of someone else.
    You only get to bring so many players to training camp and last I looked, the Raiders are going to have to cut another 5 guys to get under the limit. Stop over reacting and chill.

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