Oakland Raiders release linebacker Brandon Marshall
The Oakland Raiders made the move to sign former Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall this offseason in free agency. It was a move that many thought would help their defense in a big way. Surprisingly, that will not end up being the case.
According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Raiders made the decision to release Marshall with 53-man roster cuts looming.
A surprise release: the Raiders have terminated linebacker Brandon Marshall, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2019
Marshall is not going to have to wait too long before other teams come calling. He has proven himself to be an impact player and brings great leadership qualities to the table as well.
Last season with the Broncos, Marshall ended up playing in 11 games. He recorded 42 total tackles, but it was obvious that he was not a fit with the direction that Denver was heading. The year prior, Marshall had a massive season with 106 total tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and four defended passes.
At 29 years old, Marshall still has some good football left in the tank. He seemed very interested in sticking around with the Raiders past this season, but won’t even play a single regular season game with the Raiders. There are quite a few teams needing inside linebacker help that will now look into signing him.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders have made quite a few roster moves over the last year and this just adds to them. There may be something we don’t know about this situation, but for now, this move will go down as one of the biggest 53-man roster cut surprises.