Oakland Raiders: waiver wire madness

With all NFL teams required to be at 53 players yesterday, the Oakland Raiders are one of many teams that will be scanning the waiver wire to see who was cut and possibly put in a claim. The team already jumped into the fray today, claiming DE Benson Mayowa from the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Mayowa, a 6-foot-3, 252-pound pass rusher, appeared in two games for the Seahawks last season after going undrafted out of Idaho, making two tackles.

To make room for him, the Raiders waived/injured LB Kaelin Burnett. Burnett was a strong special teamer. If Burnett goes unclaimed, he will revert to injured reserve. If the team releases him with an injury settlement later, he will be the second Burnett cut from the team, as his brother Kevin was cut earlier this offseason when the team decided to get younger at weakside linebacker.

Here are 10 players who were waived that the Raiders should put a claim in for.

James Wilder

James Wilder

RB James Wilder. Cut by: Bengals

The enormous rookie back was part of a dual headed monster for the Florida State Seminoles last season. He has excellent vision and power. Although the team already has enough big backs, he would be an intriguing developmental prospect.

Current Status: Bengals practice squad

FB/TE Orson Charles Cut By: Bengals.

Charles was a great prospect coming out of Georgia, but never could latch on playing second fiddle in Cincinnati. The team never took advantage of his speed and hands and instead moved him to fullback. He would be a great tight end option, or at least a Marcel Reece clone for Oakland.

Current Status: free agent

MLB Kelvin Shephard. Cut By: Colts

Shephard had a promising rookie year in Buffalo playing middle linebacker in a 4-3. Then Buffalo started moving to a hybrid 3-4 and Sheppard fell down the depth chart. Buffalo then traded him to Indy for pass rusher Jerry Hughes, who has flourished in Buffalo since. Sheppard sttruggled in Indy, and was cut. Signing him and moving him back to a 403, like in Oakland, could probably resuscitate his career.

Current Status: free agent

CB Victor Hampton. Cut By: Bengals

Yes, it is the third Bengals player on this list, but blame Mike Brown for cutting quality talent. Hampton starred in the preseason, rarely allowing a completion. If developed right, he could become a ferocious shut down corner.

Current Status: unclaimed

CJ Spillman

CJ Spillman

SS CJ Spillman. Cut by: 49ers

Spillman is a semi decent safety, but a Pro Bowl caliber special teamer. He would make a fine depth move behind Tyvon Branch while Jonathan Dowling develops, and help lock down the coverage units.

Current Status: signed by Cowboys

MLB Shane SkovCut By: 49ers

The local boy from Stanford went undrafted because he isn’t the fastest or most agile, but he excels as a downhill thumper in the run game. Similar to Sheppard, that he could be a great depth piece behind Roach.

Current Status: 49ers practice squad.

RB Lache Seastrunk. Cut By: Washington Football Team

He was a 6th round pick by Washington, but was beat out by Silas Redd for the no. 3 job and was cut. Seastrunk was a quick decisive runner in college last year, and would be an excellent development player behind Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, and Latavius Murray.

Current Status: free agent

CB Jumal Rolle. Cut By: Packers

Buried on the deep Packers depth chart, Rolle shined against backups. He easily covered receivers all over the field and was a force in the run game. Unlikely to come to Oakland considering the depth, but its possible since Reggie McKenzie loves picking from his old team.

Current Status: free agent

T Carter Bykowski. Cut By: 49ers

Bykowski was a 7th round pick in San Francisco, but couldn’t hope to crack their deep offensive line. He can play both tackle spots and is extremely athletic. He could provide valuable depth behind Donald Penn and Menelik Watson.

Current Status: 49ers Practice squad

John-SimonDE/OLB John Simon. Cut By: Ravens

A 4thround pick a year ago, Simon was an intriguing name coming out of Ohio State. Despite being more of a heavy end, the Ravens trained him at outside linebacker. Unable to crack their deep rotation, he was cut. If signed to Oakland, he would be a valuable depth piece on a shallow defensive end group.

Current Status: Ravens practice squad


  • Hoorah32

    Washington Football team .Really!!!!!!!!!!. Washington Redskins.

  • icon13

    The Raiders are deep at RB already. Why would they be interested in more than the 4 quality players they already have?

  • nick

    Washington football team?? They are called the Redskins!