The Raiders used one of their IR activations on Roderic Teamer ahead of Week 12, but the team did not use the veteran safety in its Week 12 game. A Teamer DUI arrest Saturday night changed his status, and Antonio Pierce confirmed Monday the Raiders have cut the fifth-year safety.
Declared out by the AFC West team before its matchup with the Chiefs, Teamer will head to waivers. He was hit with charges of “DUI of alcohol and/or controlled or prohibited substance” and a speeding violation of between 21-30mph over the limit. Teamer, 26, was attached to a one-year, $1.5MM deal. A Raider since 2021, Teamer had re-signed with the team in March.
This arrest occurred while Teamer was on his way back to the team hotel before curfew, ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez notes. It was also not Teamer’s first off-field issue since coming into the league. The NFL hit the former UDFA with a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy in 2020.
The Chargers cut Teamer immediately after his substance-abuse ban, bailing on a player who had started six games as a rookie. Teams will often ride it out with players deemed integral following arrests or suspensions, but Teamer has now been cut twice after off-field incidents. This latest exit breaks up a three-year partnership, by far Teamer’s longest tenure with one team during his career.
Initially signing with Las Vegas in June 2021, Teamer started five games with the team from 2021-22. This season, he played in six as a reserve during Josh McDaniels‘ final weeks with the team. The Raiders placed Teamer on IR earlier this season. Although Teamer did not suit up for the Raiders following his activation from IR on Saturday, the team still sees the transaction go toward its eight-activation limit this season. Las Vegas, however, has six activations remaining.