Dec 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Coye Francies (32) is pursued by Cleveland Browns defensive end David Tollefson (58) on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter at the O.co Coliseum. The Browns defeated the Raiders 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Waive Coye Francies for Failing to Disclose Injury


Here’s something you don’t see everyday…

The Oakland Raiders have waived cornerback Coye Francies under the Failure to Disclose Physical Condition designation, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. Essentially, Francies did not tell the team about an injury that he had, and that gave the Raiders the right to cut him loose.

Francies was used sparingly in 15 games last season, recording three tackles. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Browns in 2009, and signed by the Raiders before the start of the 2012 season. He was re-signed to a one-year, $630,000 contract earlier this offseason.

The Failure to Disclose Physical Condition tag is rarely used, and more than anything, it is an excuse to be able to release a player.

“So the idea is you need to disclose everything that is going on with your personal situation and then you sign it, and it’s a legal document,” said New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft when he waived Jonathan Fanene last season under the clause. “And if somebody isn’t completely up front with everything that’s going on there and eventually that leads to them not being able to perform, you have a situation where it’s probably best to part ways.”

Will Francies’ departure matter that much? No, but the way he is making his exit is surely intruiging.

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The Raiders also waved linebacker Travis Goethel, according to Kaplan. Goethel was best known for replacing long snapper Jon Condo for a game last season, when three of his four snaps resulted in blocked punts.

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