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Raiders release Tommy Kelly

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cutting ties with their longest-tenured position player on the roster.

The move announced Wednesday is just the latest by the team to distance itself from the Al Davis era.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has already released defensive back Michael Huff and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason. Punter Shane Lechler, safety Mike Mitchell, tight end Brandon Myers, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant have all left as free agents.

Kelly signed a $50.1 million, seven-year contract to remain with Oakland in 2008. He was owed $6.5 million this year before being cut. Kelly had one sack in 16 games last season.


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