The Oakland Raiders began trimming the fat off their salary cap problems, which have been estimated as low as $30 million and as high as $50 million over the league mandated salary cap.
Oakland did such by releasing three defensive starters. The Raiders released cornerback Tory James, defensive tackle Sam Adams, defensive end Regan Upshaw and safety Anthony Dorsett.
In a move many people believe is long overdue, Oakland released wide receiver James Jett. The one-time starter has slid into oblivion and was only active for one game last season. The Raiders also released backup running back Terry Kirby, who returned kickoffs. Kirby, however, landed on injured reserve after sustaining a broken bone in his leg.
The moves were not necessarily surprising. Adams, James and Dorsett were the only ones who wound up being crucial contributors throughout the season. Adams signed a six-year deal in training camp but because the contract was loaded with incentives on the backend, it was essentially a one-year deal.
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