Raiders released WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Widely panned as a stretch when the Raiders took him seventh overall in the 2009 draft, Heyward-Bey proved the pundits right. Showing stones for hands and an inability to run anything besides a vertical route, he recorded a grand total of 11 touchdowns and averaged 37.8 yards per game in four seasons. The Raiders save $5.341 million by cutting him now, one year before his rookie deal was due to expire. They can comfortably move forward with Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Juron Criner, and Jacoby Ford. Heyward-Bey will get a second chance thanks to his raw skills, but he's unlikely to ever emerge as a difference-maker.