Raiders Release Kevin Burnett

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.

  • Edward Knipping

    I thought Burnett was a player. He played well last year. I still don’t understand why the Raiders don’t move to a 3-4 base D. That D gave Denver fits when they played the Chargers and would fit well with the Raiders blitzing scheme. LB would be K. Mack, N. roach, S. Moore, K Burnett……….. Not bad.

    • Hendry abalos

      They will be running a 3-4 they just don’t want every one to know it, so they call Woodley a 4-3 end now to mask what we really want to do.. I mean come on… CJ Wilson and Antonio smith? Both 3-4 players , and we have pat sims and Stacy McGee who are 3-4 nose tackles… We will run a hybrid defense witch is better than only a 3-4 or 4-3

      • Andy Andrade

        Hybrid yea I doubt 3-4

        • jtre

          What you mean hybrid yea I doubt 3-4? hybrid means they will use both a 3-4 and a 4-3.. HYBRID think like a hybrid car both gas and electric

    • Rod Magee

      They can still do that pending on what team they play. We have enough linebackers to and we don’t need anyone with a negative attitude because they Drafted MACK. Get in were you fit in!

    • Andy Andrade

      Just tuck isn’t a 3-4 defensive end

  • Joel

    I don’t understand? Do the raiders really need more cap space? Are they going to make a move?

    • jimmy

      He has value but with our off season upgrades, we wont pay will him starter money if he probably won’t start this year. He’s played every game the last four seasons so maybe its more to the medical exam than is being disclosed.

  • Noeliosis

    Kailua must be that good!

    • Andy Andrade

      Khalil *

  • Noeliosis

    Kalil*

  • Noeliosis

    Burnett probably was upset his bro was cut. He didn’t even show to mini camp. The writing was on the wall.

    • Chris Contreras

      I don’t think they cut kailyn Burnett yet. He’s a special teams player

  • Baker

    The real reason they are letting go of Burnett is that Miles Burris is a younger healthier option.

  • Chris Contreras

    Burnnett just got but hurt cuz they drafted a linebacker. He didnt show up to ota and I take it he didn’t even show up to camp the first day. We weren’t going to pass on the best linebacker in the draft.

  • Chris Contreras

    Burrnet was a good lb don’t get me wrong

  • Sean Young

    Cowboys will bring Burnett in for a look. They need some LB depth.

  • James Frazier

    HATE to see this guy go. He and Sio and Roach were rare positives in that otherwise hideous defense

  • Sean Paschini

    I can understand maybe the salary but he played really well last year. If he can’t pass the physical then its a smart move. I wish they could keep him at a cheaper price.