The Raiders have released WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DB Michael Huff and DE David Tollefson; and re-signed DB Phillip Adams.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 12, 2013
Heyward-Bey, the team's first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, hasn't quite lived up to his first-round status in his four years with the team. He has caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. The speedy receiver's best season was in 2011, when he racked up 975 receiving yards and four touchdowns. 2013 would have been the last year of his contract as the Raiders would have owed him $7.721 million.
Huff, a former first-round pick from 2006, has played seven seasons with the Raiders. In that time he has made 438 tackles and intercepted 11 passes. Hey has played both safety and cornerback for the Raiders, proving his versatility. He would have been owed over $9 million for the 2013 season.
Tollefson is the only guy out of the three to be released that has spent time on another team. He has played for the Packers and Giants before he signed a deal with the Raiders before the 2012 season. He has made 89 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his seven year career.
Releasing these three, especially Heyward-Bey and Huff, should free up some money for the Raiders to re-sign the players they need to and maybe sign a free agent or two heading into the 2013 season.