The Raiders, who entered Thursday as the team most over the salary cap, released three players to save $8.8 million of cap room.
The Raiders released defensive tackle Ted Washington, guard Ron Stone and cornerback Denard Walker in the first wave of releases. The Raiders were $23.6 million over the cap. Now they still have to shave $14.8 million of cap room before Sunday night at midnight, the new extended deadline to comply.
Washington, 37, has played all 32 games since joining the
Raiders as a free agent before the 2004 season. He is a four-time
Pro Bowler and still regarded as one of the top run stuffers in the
league. He would have counted $4.747 million in salary next season.
Stone, a three-time Pro Bowler, started all 16 games in 2005
after playing in only five in his first season in Oakland because
of chronic knee problems. He would have counted $3.08 million
against the salary cap next season.
Walker, 32, played in just nine games and made only two tackles
all of last season. He would have counted $4.59 million against the
cap in 2006.
John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.