FRIDAY, 3:55pm: The Raiders have officially cut Burnett with a failed physical designation, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
THURSDAY, 3:07pm: The Raiders are set to release linebacker Kevin Burnett, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The veteran, who some projected would be a victim of a numbers crunch on the roster anyway, was not cleared medically.
Burnett started all 16 games for the Raiders last season, spending time at both Sam and Will linebacker. However, after the Raiders tabbed Buffalo’s Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick, Burnett’s role with the club was unclear for 2014. The 31-year-old recorded 83 tackles and 2.5 sacks with an interception and four pass deflections last season. Prior to hooking on with the Raiders, Burnett spent four years with the Cowboys, two seasons with the Chargers, and two years with the Dolphins. Burnett has started a total of 64 NFL games across the last four seasons.
By releasing Burnett, the Raiders will save $3.375MM in cash and cap space.