October 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) during warmups before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders: Tommy Kelly Expects To Be Released

As part of their efforts to cut down on salary cap, the Raiders are likely to release defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

Kelly spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle today, saying, “The writing is on the wall. The team is going in another direction. I’m ready for the next chapter. … They’re ready, too.”

He is owed $6.5 million in 2013 and has two years remaining on a 7-year, $50 million contract he signed in 2008.

Kelly has spent all nine seasons of his career in Oakland. He was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 when he recorded seven sacks and 60 combined tackles.

However, his production dropped big time in 2012 when he only had 1.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles.

Kelly, now 32 years old, says he isn’t going to blame the team for his struggles.

“It was frustrating, but I am not going to blame the team or the scheme,” he said.“I had a rough year. I had a couple of nicks, but I’m going to be all right. I am in excellent shape.

Cutting Kelly would save the Raiders approximately $4.8 million in salary cap space.

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  • sten swarty

    Well maybe if Kelly got any pressure on the opposing QB’s he would’ve been a Raider for life. I’m sick of these big guys coming over here for big money then playing like SH**! This isn’t a retirement home in Oakland. Play good like you deserve that money. Now he will go to another team and actually try watch and see.

  • Joe InMaryland

    I never was a big fan of Tommy Kelly to begin with. I think most players are overpaid. It’s a game and you’re paid to play. Wish I had a job like that and make the kind of money they do. Retire when I’m in my 30′s, then get endorsements for another 10 years worth millions more. Where else can one work with those benefits?