OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who started every game the last two seasons. The move saves the team $4.8 million against the salary cap this year.
“He was paid a lot of money, and they really didn’t deliver,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “I know you can’t put it all on one guy, but they put a lot of money on the middle of their defense – and that would be Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, McClain the middle linebacker — and they were like last in run defense… You can’t pay those guys that kind of money and then not be able to stop the run.”
On the other side of the ball, Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is reportedly balking at taking a pay cut. His contract would pay him $13 million this season, with the Raiders reportedly offering to restructure the deal for $10 million.
“That’s today’s football,” Madden said. “I think obviously, 13 million is a lot for Carson Palmer and at the same time I think 10 million is a lot for Carson Palmer… How about just not having him and going in another direction?” (7:20)