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Raiders Release Former Defensive Starter After Week 9

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Las Vegas Raiders have released a former defensive starter after Week 9.
The Las Vegas Raiders have released a former defensive starter after Week 9. / Associated Press

The Las Vegas Raiders are searching for ways to turn around their season. Last week's trade deadline presented an opportunity to shake things up, but Las Vegas ultimately stood pat, and then went on to squander another double-digit lead.

Following another collapse, the Raiders have decided to part ways with a defensive starter.

Las Vegas is releasing safety Johnathan Abram, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The new regime hasn't been afraid to move on from holdovers, and Abram is the latest to be cut loose.

This move isn't very surprising considering the former first-round pick was the subject of constant trade rumors leading up to the deadline. It was clear Abram didn't figure into GM Dave Ziegler's long-term plans, making a divorce inevitable.

Abram never quite lived up to the expectations that came with being a high draft pick. In 36 games for the Raiders, he recorded 3 interceptions, 12 passes defended and 255 total tackles. His absence now opens up a bigger opportunity for Tre'von Moehrig and Duron Harmon in the secondary.

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