The Raiders cleaned house after adding young players during and after the NFL draft. They created some room on the roster and lower on the depth chart for new Raiders by formally releasing eight players on Tuesday afternoon.
The departures of veteran receiver James Jones, linebacker Miles Burris and offensive lineman Kevin Boothe were previously reported. Jones and Boothe were released. Burris was waived with an injury. He got hurt early in the offseason program.
The team also cut ties with 2013 sixth-round pick Nick Kasa, a converted tight end who was waived with a failed physical designation. Kasa suffered a torn ACL during last year’s joint training camp practices with the Dallas Cowboys and was not ready to resume football activities.
At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, Kasa had the size and athleticism to become a solid NFL tight end. He showed improvement during his rookie year, but was hindered by major injury in 2014. His only reception as a Raider was a nine-yard touchdown catch in the 2013 regular-season finale.
The Raiders also waived linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, cornerback Jansen Watson, defensive lineman Kona Schwenke and linebacker Justin Jackson. Filimoeatu was signed last year as an unrestricted free agent and played in eight games.
Jones and Boothe are free to sign with any team. The others are subject to the waiver wire before becoming free agents.