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The Raiders released veteran guard Mike Brisiel on Tuesday afternoon. The team announced the transaction on its Twitter account.
Brisiel was a hard-nosed player originally signed in 2012 to be part of a zone-blocking scheme formally abandoned last season. Brisiel was a consistent member of the line, but he struggled with injuries and his value didn’t match a contract that ranked second on the team among returning Raiders players.
The Raiders save $4 million in cash and $1.38 million in salary cap space by cutting Brisiel. Releasing him from a contract that lasted through 2016 carries $3.93 million in dead money.
Brisiel would’ve had a tough time cracking the starting lineup in 2014. Recent signee Austin Howard is slated to play right guard and Kevin Boothe is penciled in at left guard, with Khalif Barnes, Tony Bergstrom and Lamar Mady under contract as reserves.