NFL Oakland Raiders

5 Veterans Who Won’t Make the Oakland Raiders’ 53-Man Roster

5 Raiders Veterans Who Won't be Around in Fall

Carlos Rogers
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The Oakland Raiders went into this offseason knowing they needed to make significant upgrades to the roster. They added several high-caliber free agents and brought in a solid draft class, but must eventually partake in whittling their roster down to the 53-man limit of the regular season. That means several veterans must be cut.

Here’s a quick look at five Raiders veterans who could get the ax before September.

G Lucas Nix

Lucas Nix
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G Lucas Nix

Lucas Nix
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Nix was arguably one of the worst guards in the NFL last season, which is why the Raiders made significant upgrades at the position this offseason. He might be on the roster right now with training camp set to start, but there’s no way the Raiders keep the inept blocker around too much longer.

QB Trent Edwards

Trent Edwards
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QB Trent Edwards

Trent Edwards
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It’s pretty simple in this situation. The Raiders aren’t going to keep more than three quarterbacks on the roster, and Matt Schaub, Derek Carr and Matt McGloin all appear to be locks for the top three spots on the depth chart. Unless one of them is traded or gets injured before final roster cutdowns, Edwards is as good as gone.

WR Greg Little

Greg Little
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WR Greg Little

Greg Little
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With a plethora of young talent at wide receiver, the Raiders are going to have to make some tough decisions to whittle the roster down to 53 players. While Little has starting experience and significant upside, he’s proven during his years in Cleveland that he’s an unreliable target. The Raiders already had enough of that last season, and should have no problem severing ties with Little.

ILB Kaluka Maiava

Kaluka Maiava
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ILB Kaluka Maiava

Kaluka Maiava
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When he was signed last offseason, Maiava seemed like a serious candidate to steal the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker job. However, an arrest limited his opportunities before an injury sent him to the IR. Prior to joining Oakland, he was nothing more than a special teamer – the Raiders aren’t going to continue paying $2 million a year for a special teamer when they have other, cheaper options available.

CB Carlos Rogers

Carlos Rogers
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CB Carlos Rogers

Carlos Rogers
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The Raiders went out this offseason and signed two quality veteran cornerbacks to replace the other two they lost. They also drafted three cornerbacks back in May. There are only so many roster spots to go around. Last season with the San Francisco 49ers, Rogers was a shell of his former self. Age has certainly gotten the best of Rogers, and could cost him his opportunity with the Raiders.

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