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Oakland Raiders Cut Cornerback Chris Johnson To Make Salary Cap

The Oakland Raiders are going to have a revamped secondary in 2012 after general manager Reggie McKenzie cut yet another cornerback leading up to the NFL’s free agency period with the announced release of Chris Johnson. The move gives the Raiders another $3.5 million off the books.

Bill Williamson of ESPN writes, “The Raiders have cut cornerback Chris Johnson to save cap room, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This move has been expected. Johnson was not in Oakland’s plans. Yet, his release signals how big of a need cornerback is in Oakland.”

The cornerback position has been completely overhauled in the last year. It wasn’t too long ago that Nnamdi Asomugha and Stanford Routt were the starters for the Raiders. Routt just signed with the Chiefs a few weeks ago after being let go by the Raiders, and now Johnson is the third to go of the bunch. Expect moves here once the Raiders are safely under the cap.