Raiders news: Kenyan running back Drake released

When the Las Vegas Raiders signed running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year, $11 million deal in free agency in 2021, the move raised a lot of eyebrows in the league.

It was a massive commitment to give backup to a position that is not considered a prime place to spend money. Still, then-Raiders coach and chief decision-maker Jon Gruden liked Drake and believed he would be the missing link in the offense. Drake, whose season ended in early December, had just 254 rushing yards and 291 receiving yards for the Raiders, is now a former Raider.

NFL Media reports that the new regime in Las Vegas has decided to cut ties with Drake.

NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports that the Raiders are hoping they can still trade Drake, but either way, he’s set to leave Las Vegas.

The Raiders added Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden in free agency and drafted Zamir White and Brittain Brown to accompany Josh Jacobs. Abdullah had a better summer than Drake, 28, and now he’s in Las Vegas.

Drake’s release comes at a cost. The Raiders are eating a total of $8.8 million in dead salary cap, including $3.6 million this year. Las Vegas ended up paying Drake $11 million for an injury-shortened season.

With Drake out, the Raiders will now have 83 players on the roster and must eliminate four more players from the roster by Tuesday afternoon and must drop to 53 players by August 30.

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