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Raiders release Cooper Carlisle and John Henderson


The Oakland Raiders announced Wednesday that they have released guard Cooper Carlisle and defensive tackle John Henderson. Combined, the moves clear $7 million in salary off the Raiders’ 2012 books.

Henderson was released with the “failed physical” designation after played through knee woes in 2011. He was owed $4 million in salary. Henderson is 32 years old.

Carlisle is going on age 35 and was due $3 million.

These are the kinds of players with which new G.M. Reggie McKenzie is aggressively looking to part.

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36 Responses to “Raiders release Cooper Carlisle and John Henderson”
  1. ajknox88 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    Raiders fans must feel good about the new G.M., the guy seems to be on the right track

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    No surprise – Do the damn thing Reggie. Go Raiders!!

  3. mikeeg says: Mar 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    Do we even have enough players on the Raiders to play? All i see is cuts and no signings and Raider fans praising Reggie. For what? I get it he is cleaning up contracts, but sign someone while your at it dude!!!

  4. rickyrich14 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:36 PM

    Keep em coming Reggie!! The end of the Al Scholarship era.

  5. r8rsfan says: Mar 14, 2012 2:38 PM

    Carlisle was the weak link on the OL – see ya. Big John just isn’t healthy enough to count on. Good moves, hope more are coming. Just Purge Baby!

  6. raidersfreak says: Mar 14, 2012 2:42 PM

    Need to get some FA’s now. I think Reggie has a well thought out plan with regards to the draft and FA.

  7. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    People forget that McKenzie has a track record to add players who were udfa, late round picks, and 2nd/3rd tier FAs who are cut by teams later. I don’t remember a big name FA Green Bay brought in under McKenzie besides Woodson.

  8. souldogdave says: Mar 14, 2012 2:49 PM

    I think Reggie knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em folks. Every move so far seems dead on, Mikeeg, who are you to question his plan, timing, etc.LOL at you Tues. morning GM’s.

  9. mark916 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    Carlisle wasnt as bad as people think. He was serviceable, but the youth movement is on in Oakland. They have a couple of young good OL in Veldeer and Lil Wiz. So long Coop, thanks for the effort. Big John, too bad you werent healthy. Reggie getting things ready for next year and the next. Those will be great drafts and FA pickups. Dont get your hopes now people. Reggie is just getting the house in order.

  10. mark916 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:52 PM

    We have some youth on the roster and its about time they get their chance.

  11. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 14, 2012 2:57 PM

    It would’ve been interesting to see what McKenzie would’ve done with the picks spent on acquiring Palmer.

  12. raidermike34 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:59 PM

    Ease up Mikeeg!

    You gotta understand that Reggie, is freeing up more $$ with these cuts, who out there whould be worthy of signing on now? and the ones i have listed are not jumping in with any team just yet so they may have been contacted by Reggie or D.A. to hang in while we trim a bit – we need to be patient, we havent been this patient in a long time, thats why we are cutting the ones we signed right off the bat!! perfect ex: Kevin Boss, so ease up and hang in there Reggie is on track –

    Here is my list of FA’s that would be sweet add on’s –

    LB – Curtis Lofton
    LB – Manny Lawson
    CB – Brandon Carr
    CB- Tracy Porter
    C – Chris Myers From Houston

    Lock up these guys and we’re set i dont see anyone else as worthy on the offensive side of the ball –

    Go Raiders baby for Life –

    Raidermike n Los Angeles –

  13. blue80hutthutt says: Mar 14, 2012 3:00 PM

    Two more good cuts.

  14. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 14, 2012 3:36 PM

    I agree with Mikeeg. It good to get rid of some dead wood, but all I hear is players going out and none coming in. Are we going to play with 25 guys going two ways, like Necessary Roughness. I’ll feel better when some free agents start to visit. Too bad we cut Kevin Boss. We should have used him more in the red zone.

  15. raidersfreak says: Mar 14, 2012 3:37 PM

    According to csn the Raiders are now $9,204,766 million under the cap. Reggie’s work is paying off now it appears

  16. sicklnick121 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:40 PM

    Would love to see Chris Myers and Winston from the Texans join our o-line…Familiar with the zone blocking we are gonna run. Which no one runs a true all out zone i pretty sure we are gonna mix it up either way these guys are tough football players and the release of Winston by the Texans has to be the dumbest ever…young, not a big contract and should have made the probowl the last two years…Raiders4life

  17. jgrange says: Mar 14, 2012 3:56 PM

    mikeeg doesn’t understand how money works. You have to have money in order to spend it. How can he bring in players when the Raiders have to be under the cap? These moves are making it possible to sign guys later on.

    I bet your credit score is awful.

  18. schwinnbanger says: Mar 14, 2012 3:57 PM

    I’m getting more excited about the changes in the Raider organization. It’s obvious we were not getting things done with the current roster. We should, with the money being saved, be able to rebuild our secondary. Looking forward to seeing the additions. GO RAIDERS!

  19. war27 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:58 PM

    raidersfreak says: Mar 14, 2012 3:37 PM

    According to csn the Raiders are now $9,204,766 million under the cap. Reggie’s work is paying off now it appears


    When did Davis not do the same? Almost every season goes this way with the Raiders.

  20. rcali says: Mar 14, 2012 4:02 PM

    Just more reminders of how Al should have let go years ago. He was still using an overhead projector, enough said.

  21. racerx1225 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:07 PM

    Myers used to be a Raider, we drafted him out of Michigan State where he was the anchor of their line but was cut by us.

  22. racerx1225 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:08 PM

    What this does is put us in the money I believe so NOW we can actually start to sign FA’s.

  23. racerx1225 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:09 PM

    Winston, Gaither and Nicks have all been signed. We couldve used all or any of them.

  24. poprox13 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:10 PM

    But why are they waiting on cutting Wimbley?

  25. villa41 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    Honestly, some of you guys need to relax. Games are not won in March or the first few days of free agency (ask the Eagles how last season went with all their big names). You see Pittsburgh or Green Bay picking anyone up yet? The Raiders will make moves. Oakland is just being deliberate and smart. There are a lot of good football players still out there, and there will be more in the draft (although I know the Raiders are short on picks right now) and some right off the street.

  26. raidergary says: Mar 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Way to go, Reggie! Did any true Raider fan think cleaning up the front ineptitude would be an overnight process! This is the price we’re paying for not having a competent network of front office personnel: overpaying mediocre players, pitiful scouting, and no network of communication within the overall front office. After looking at the years of mess on the books when he first arrived, we should be happy the guy didn’t turn around and say, Thanks, but no thanks!” Face it, our front office was in disarray and the guy is doing what he has to do. Finally, some order in the house….GO SILVER AND BLACK!

  27. raidergary says: Mar 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    Way to go! Enough said!

  28. masterblaster78 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:08 PM

    Reggie keeps cutting and the offense will stay on the field and play defense. I agree, get rid of the fat, the lazy, the players collecting only a paycheck, but sign some players to take their place. Is Reggie looking for a big signing by getting rid of all the salary cap?

  29. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2012 5:40 PM

    I’ll miss big John but his health has been a concern from the get go.

    Carlisle was serviceable, as someone mentioned earlier, but it’s time to move on.

    I like where we are right now.

  30. socalraider909 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    I know this was probably a good move but am I the only one that’s starting to worry about all these cuts?

  31. tatum064 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:34 PM

    by not drafting a well developed nucleus, at led to a series of failed signings, traded failed picks like (Fabian Washington and Tyler Brayton), and the loss of legacy players like Charles Woodson.

    They are essentially blowing it up and starting all over again…without draft picks, and they’ll have to trade talent or go with 2nd tier cast-offs from June cuts and a lot of undrafted free agency.

  32. raiderapologist says: Mar 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    socalraider909 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    I know this was probably a good move but am I the only one that’s starting to worry about all these cuts?

    Why worry? They will have as many players as every other team when the season starts.

  33. ra1ders4tite says: Mar 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    Glad Routt was Routed to some where else HATE that Chris Johnson is OUT. I hope we can resign him, he is a good corner when healthy. Come back CJ37.

  34. speedkills21 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:59 PM


  35. silvernblak says: Mar 15, 2012 6:01 PM

    not a good move, a GREAT move!!! thank you RM and…..NEXT????????

  36. raiderfaninfontana says: Mar 15, 2012 6:10 PM

    I want to buy in to the new RAIDER regime, but I am also a little, lets say concerned ’bout not signing any talent yet. All these cuts I understand, are needed to make us stronger. Still, I remember the last head coach we got from denver who cut Mat Millen…..(sorry DA). Hope this turns out better. We shall see.


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