Raiders cut Andre Hardy, add seven rookie free agents


Andre Hardy is one of several college basketball players trying to follow in the footsteps of Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham into the NFL.

If Hardy does it, it won’t be with Oakland. Hardy, signed last month after a Pro Day workout but didn’t make it past the team’s rookie minicamp. Hardy, whose father was a NFL player, played college basketball at Cal State Fullerton and Oral Roberts before trying his hand at football. There were other teams at the Pro Day workout so Hardy might still find a team willing to give him a look this offseason.

The Raiders also cut quarterback Rhett Bomar. Bomar started as a freshman for Oklahoma before getting kicked off the team because of reports that he was paid for work he didn’t finish at a business owned by an Oklahoma donor. That opened the door for Sam Bradford and it sent Bomar to Sam Houston State. He was a fifth-round pick of the Giants in 2009 and has also spent time with the Vikings.

Seven tryout players earned contracts over the weekend. They are kicker/punter Eddy Carmona, defensive end Wayne Dorsey (whose signing made it into Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column), tight end Kyle Efaw, tackle Kevin Haslam, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, fullback TréShawn Robinson and wide receiver Travionte Session.