When Reggie McKenzie was hired following the 2011 Raiders season, he inherited a team that was in salary cap purgatory. Among the many problems, there were a lot of bloated contracts with under achieving players. McKenzie immediately began cutting those players. He continued the process following the 2012 season.
The cuts forced the Raiders to take all of the largest cap hits in just two seasons. This has set them up to start building this coming off season. It has also drawn some criticism from fans. One of the things the fans have criticized most was the fact that the “best” players on the roster were cut.
The fact is that those players were not exactly dominating while they were with the Raiders and pretty much most of them have done very little with their new teams. Some of them are still free agents or are out of football.
Let’s take a look at how several of the key cuts have fared with their new teams. I will start with the ones who are currently out of the league.