The Raiders formally released defensive end LaMarr Woodley on Thursday afternoon. It was an expected transaction.
CSNCalifornia.com reported that Woodley’s release would occur during this week, but Woodley’s departure was a foregone conclusion long before that.
The veteran edge rusher played just six games before landing on injured reserve with a torn biceps, and was ineffective when healthy.
The Raiders cleared more cap space with Woodley’s release, which carries no dead money with it. The Silver and Black will save $5.187 million against the 2015 cap now that Woodley is gone.
They also saved $2.5 million when running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement earlier on Thursday.
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Per the NFLPA’s salary cap report, the Raiders were $55.583 million under the cap entering Thursday. That number is now at $63.27 million.
It could escalte again if backup quarterback Matt Schaub ($5.5 million cap number) is released as expected.
The Raiders have plenty of cap space to sign top tier free agents. They’re expected to go after starter-quality free agents, and have been linked to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, receiver Randall Cobb and several others. Teams are free to contact and negotiate with free agents on Saturday.