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Raiders release Nelson after 1 season

15 March 2019

Nelson was the Raiders' No. 1 wide receiver at the end of last season, and the team paid him a $3.6 million bonus late in 2018. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden originally said the receiver would return to the team.

The Oakland Raiders announced Friday they had signed Nelson, who played 14 games for the Cardinals last season.

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"Normally, when you hand out a bonus for next year's season, there's a pretty good chance those guys are coming back", Gruden told reporters December 28.

After looking for a temporary home before the franchise's move to Las Vegas, Raiders owner Mark Davis agreed with East Bay officials on a deal on Friday to bring his team back to the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum for the 2019 National Football League season. He has 613 catches for 8,587 yards and 72 touchdowns in his career.

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Nelson wasn't an ideal complement to newcomers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams (think quick slot type), so just add that $3.6 million to that $52.1 million guaranteed. He was a Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro choice in 2014.

The only other quarterback employed by the Raiders is Nathan Peterman, who's signed to a reserve/future contract.

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McCarron spent the 2018 season with the club and was active for all 16 contests, appearing in two and completing one-of-three pass attempts for eight yards.

Raiders release Nelson after 1 season