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.