As expected, Jeff Garcia and Terdell Sands were the biggest names let go in Oakland when the Raiders released their full complement of cuts on Saturday evening.
There were still some other names you know among those thrown over the side of the good ship Al, however. Cornerback and kick returner Justin Miller, a second-round pick of the Jets in 2005, was cut despite returning two kicks for touchdowns with the Raiders in 2008. Morlon Greenwood, the veteran linebacker signed after the Texans let him go, was also jettisoned.
Slade Norris, one of the team’s fourth-round picks in April, was cut. He joins Stryker Sulak as the only draftees not to make the roster and as two players looking for work at this hour, although, unlike Sulak, he has the satisfaction of actually being a Raider for a short period of time.
The other cuts are safety Rashad Baker, defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, safety Jerome Boyd, cornerback Darrick Brown, defensive end Greyson Gunheim, defensive back Michael Hawkins, wide receiver Johnnie Holland, tackle James Marten, linebacker David Nixon, linebacker Chris O’Neal, fullback Marcel Reece, running back Gary Russell, punter/kicker Ricky Schmitt, tight end Darrell Strong, center John Wade, tackle Seth Wand and guard Mark Wilson.
During the conference call announcing the cuts, David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Raiders coach Tom Cable said that Chris Morris would be the starting center against the Chargers with Samson Satele heading to the bench.