Details Behind Alex Leatherwood's Release Are Truly Embarrassing

Devon Platana
The details behind OT Alex Leatherwood's release from the Las Vegas Raiders are truly embarrassing.
The details behind OT Alex Leatherwood's release from the Las Vegas Raiders are truly embarrassing. / AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
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The Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly cutting offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero. While this is certainly a fall from grace for the former 2021 first-round pick, the details regarding his release are truly embarrassing.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders tried to trade Leatherwood to each of the other 31 teams, only to get the same response back from each of them: No.

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Rumors emerged last week that the Raiders were shopping Leatherwood since new general manager Dave Ziegler allegedly is "not tied to past selections." Lackluster preseason performances didn't help convince any potential suitors that he could be a contributor, which is a shame given how high his draft stock was last year.

Leatherwood did anything but live up to the hype as a rookie in 2021. Not only did the former Alabama product give up an abysmal eight sacks on 1,104 offensive snaps, but he also took a total of 13 penalties for 83 yards, according to NFL Penalties.

With the Raiders looking to protect Derek Carr and win the AFC West along the way, there was just no room for the Pensacola, FL native's underperforming ways.

Perhaps a scenery change is what Leatherwood needs to get back on track. Yes, he was awful last season, but he's only 23 years old. If he can learn from his mistakes, he could be a low-risk, high-reward player for a team looking to improve its offensive line depth.

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