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.”READ MORE: 1 Killed, 2 Injured in Sonoma County Crash on Route 116
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)READ MORE: French Bulldog Stolen at Gunpoint During Castro Valley Armed Robbery