Raiders Release Christian Hackenberg

That was fast. The Raiders have released quarterback Christian Hackenberg just three weeks after acquiring him, according to a team announcement. Linebacker Brady Sheldon has also been cut. With those two out of the picture, the Raiders have formalized the signing of defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker.

Hackenberg was considered to be an extreme longshot to make the Jets’ final cut following the re-signing of Josh McCown, the free agent addition of Teddy Bridgewater, and the drafting of Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick. The waiving of Bryce Petty gave the former Penn State signal caller some reason for hope, but the Jets saw little need to keep Hackenberg around after Bridgewater took the practice field on Tuesday with no ill effects from his surgically-repaired knee.

In May, the former second-round pick was sent to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round choice. The Jets will not receive any compensation for the QB now that he has been released.

Despite Jon Gruden‘s affinity for Hackenberg, which dates back to his college days, his odds of making the Raiders’ final cut weren’t much better than they were in New York. The Raiders already have E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook battling for time behind starter Derek Carr. With Hackenberg’s release, it seems likely that those three will be the QBs on the opening day roster, barring another addition.

Per league rules, Hackenberg will be subject to waivers. If no club claims him and his contract within the next 24 hours, he’ll be free to sign with any team of his choosing.

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  1. RockHauler

    What a fall from grace. When he completed his freshman season at Penn State he was talked about as a Heisman candidate, and a future franchise QB in the NFL. Then the bottom fell out. He was lucky the Jets were foolish and desperate enough to draft him in the 2nd round which gave him at least 2 years of NFL experience, probably 2 more years than he deserved. I heard the XFL is looking for QB’s?

    • shafe4141

      The fact he went through so many changes of the guard at Penn State didn’t help him at all. He was a Paterno regime recruit (I believe) who never played for him. Then played for OBrien who was there for a cup of coffee and then Franklin whose game didn’t mesh with Hack at all.

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