Raiders officially dump Tommy Kelly


The man who once opted not to stand for the National Anthem has been given his walking papers in Oakland.

According to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group, the Raiders have cut defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

The move frees up roughly $5 million in cap space, and it marks the departure of the longest-tenured Raider who doesn’t kick the ball on a regular basis.

Kelly is the third of the team’s top three defensive tackles to exit Oakland this offseason, joining Richard Seymour and Desmond Bryant.  They’ll be replaced in part by Vance Walker and Pat Sims, both of whom were signed in free agency.

40 responses to “Raiders officially dump Tommy Kelly

  1. Well, guess it’s not like RM is dismantling the 27′ Yankees…..This means there may only be 2 starters (possibly 3) left from last seasons defensive juggernaut! Kind of amazing when you think about it.

    Actually the dismantling was a no-brainer. Now we’ll see what RM is really made of over the next couple of years with the reconstruction. That’s the real test.

  2. They should have lots of space next year with Veldheer McFadden and Houston all UFA. Having money next year and all our picks will be good. Hopefully no more bad contracts. Hopefully they trade down in the draft if they can find a partner even if you take a little below the value of the pick. we need draft picks real bad. O and good riddance Kelly.

  3. My prediction is he signed by the Patriots by he end of the week and plays well for them

    Great talent, serious lack of discipline.

  4. If the Raiders were paying Kelly solely onjumping off sides, getting thrown out of games, and having hiliarious post game interviews, he was getting under paid.

  5. Thank goodness. When this bum wasn’t the first guy cut in Oakland I was worried he was staying. Maybe he can manage to not get a 15 yard penalty on the way to his car.

  6. Have always been fascinated by Tommy Kelly….when he came out of college and you read his scouting reports, you saw a 1st-2nd round defensive lineman….but his attititude was so questionable that he wasn’t even drafted. That he would eventually sign with the Raiders was inevitable, and he played well enough to get an outrageous contract from the late Al Davis, but was still never quite as good as his talent foretold….it will be interesting to see if another team that loves reclamation projects (Bengals ? Redskins ?) will take a shot at him.

  7. Long overdue. Lazy and always taking stupid penalties. I like what McKenzie is doing so far, clearing out the dead wood.

  8. As others have said, a team that has alpha dogs in the locker room and coaches willing (and able) to bench him when he gets out of line will probably be able to get a good player out of TK.

  9. I’d love it if Buffalo took a shot on Kelly. Not as a full time starter, but as a rotational player. I think with a better coaching staff, we’ll see a different attitude.

  10. All the local talking heads have been saying how McKenzie and Allen are on the hot seat if they don’t win and if they start bad Allen will be gone fast.

    Would it not make sense that a roster purge of this magnitude would have to be approved by the owner? And that McKenzie and Allen are safe through next season?

    I only hope so because I like what is being done and I really hope that at least McKenzie gets a chance to see this thing through.

  11. He was loyal to the “old man” who overpaid him, but there’s a new sheriff in town.

  12. Good riddance.

    No more free 1st downs for the opps for this clown jumping offsides.

    In addition to this, if he can’t stand for our National anthem, then I am more than pleased to see him out of Oaktown.

    Keep ridding these lames Reg. I’m all for it.

  13. Can’t argue with math. My Raiders might get the same results as last year… but at a fraction of the price, that’s a move I’m willing to make. Let’s get some players in here who love football – that alone should translate into some wins. Who knew?

  14. Bad signing to begin with. Looks like the raiders are desperately trying to shed their team of Al’s nonsense picks and signings. Maybe for Raider fans, you will have something cheer about in the near future. You deserve to be back in the conversation. Crazy fans, but at least you’re more passionate than most.

  15. I not a Kelly fan but going 0-16 with the lowest salary cap team is not something to brag about.

  16. Can we move Lamarr Houston inside yet? I feel like Houston & Walker on passing downs with Sims in short yardage situations and Bilukidi subbing is not a half bad group.

  17. Anybody that doesn’t see this as a positive for the Raiders franchise doesn’t know NFL football. Good luck TK, but you were grossly overpaid with too many penalties.

  18. I liked tommy kelly…wherever he goes he will be a force. I thought he just played dumb when games gotta outta control as did seymour. But seymour use to quit a lot kelly atleast always played. But I understand the cut.

  19. Now he can go back to just being the District Attorney ( who, unbeknownst to him, is the younger brother of the notorious gangster and all around good guy, Johnny Dangerously!)

  20. Thank you rm this all should have been done along time ago great moves damn salary cap is the issue now but great job so far keep it up big reg now cut palmer

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