Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raiders release Nelson after 1 season

Raiders release Nelson after 1 season

The departure of Nelson comes after the organization gave him a $3.6 million roster bonus in December.

The Oakland Raiders announced Friday they had signed Nelson, who played 14 games for the Cardinals last season. Jon Gruden loves fast receivers, and now he has three of them, though by far the fastest of the bunch, as his 4.28 40 back in 2015 is still the fifth-best mark in Combine history.

The Coliseum Authority and the Raiders had reached a tentative agreement for a new lease late previous year but it fell apart after the city filed a federal breach of contract lawsuit in December against the Raiders and the National Football League for the move to Las Vegas.

After the acquisitions of wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, Nelson seemingly became expendable.

The Packers drafted Nelson in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State.

Nelson, 26, played each of his first four National Football League seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals drafted him in the fifth round (159th overall) in 2015. He was targeted just 19 times - also a career low - of which he made seven catches to account for all 64 of his yards and no touchdowns.

The only other quarterback employed by the Raiders is Nathan Peterman, who's signed to a reserve/future contract. He appeared in two games and completed 1-of-3 passes for eight yards.

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