Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly thinks that the Oakland Raiders will release him. The player has told the media over the weekend that the Raiders have not contacted him since the end of the last season.
The Bleacher Report released an article on Saturday stating that Kelly speculates that he won’t be with the Raiders next NFL season. The player was interview by the San Francisco Chronicle and stated that the Silver and Black franchise haven’t contacted him since the end of the 2012 season.
The player speculates, just like the media has in the last month or so, that it has to do with his expensive contract that was signed in 2008.
The Raiders are looking to restructure many of their player’s contracts; however, Kelly has not been mentioned or even talked to about this change.
The Raiders are trying to cut back on costs in order to get new free agents on board and get a new team going in 2013.
If the Raiders were to free up Kelly, the franchise would save $4.8 million. That amount would add to what was left of the restructuring of Mike Brisiel’s and Tyvon Branch’s contract—adding up to $10 million.
Kelly’s release is not official, and the free agency period begins tomorrow. So, within the next few days, it might be official, or Kelly just might get a call to see if he wants to restructure his contract.
Tommy Kelly was picked up by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent back in 2004. Also, Kelly and Richard Seymour were one of the best tandem defensive tackles in 2010.