The Las Vegas Raiders are releasing veteran defensive end Carl Nassib after two seasons with the team, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Nassib, who last year became the first-ever active player in NFL history to announce that he is gay, recorded just 4.0 sacks over 27 games with the Raiders. By cutting him, the team saves $8 million against the cap.
The 28-year-old was drafted in the third round out of Penn State in 2016 by the Cleveland Browns, where he posted 5.5 sacks and 52 total tackles in two years. He was waived following the 2018 season and was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he had his best years as a pro.
He put up 6.5 sacks in 2018 and followed it up with another 6.0 in 2019, which he parlayed into a three-year, $25 million deal with the Las Vegas.
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It turned out to be just one of the underperforming moves that was made ahead of the 2020 season by Raiders former head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock. Linebacker Cory Littleton was released and free safety Damarious Randall was cut ever before playing a game with the team.
Veteran tight end Jason Witten caught just 13 passes in his lone season in Las Vegas before retiring while quarterback Marcus Mariotta has attempted just 30 passes behind Derek Carr.