Raiders waive QB Christian Hackenberg
The Raiders traded the New York Jets a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 for Hackenberg on May 22. But by waiving him, Oakland will get to keep that pick, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hackenberg and linebacker Brady Sheldon were both waived to make room on the roster for defensive tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker, who were recently signed by the team.
Hackenberg, a former second-round pick by the Jets in 2016, came out of college with a lot of potential. But he didn’t develop as the Jets had hoped, and he ended up leaving the team without playing a single meaningful snap over two years.
Gruden, who was a big fan of Hackenberg’s coming out of college, likely wanted to see if he could be the one to tap into the young quarterback’s potential. But obviously, that didn’t end up happening as the team decided to part ways with him so soon after his acquisition.
Even with Hackenberg’s exit, the Raiders should still be good at backup quarterback with both EJ Manuel and Connor Cook ready to step up should anything happen to starter Derek Carr.
As for Hackenberg, it remains to be seen which team will be the next to give him a shot to prove himself in the NFL－if any team actually does bring him－as he’s shown nothing since entering the league.