Update: Raiders release DT Tommy Kelly

Update: Raiders release DT Tommy Kelly
March 26, 2013, 7:30 pm
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The Raiders cutting Tommy Kelly will save $4.775 million against the salary cap for 2013. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE (Wednesday, 1:35 p.m. PT) -- The Raiders have officially released Tommy Kelly, the team announced via Twitter.

Included in the tweet was the team's message to Kelly: "The club appreciates his service, dedication and toughness."

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What has been expected for weeks, and mentioned in this space time and again, that Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is a prime cut candidate, is apparently going to come to fruition on Wednesday.

A Tuesday evening Tweet by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com said as much. The Raiders did not respond to a message.

Kelly was also "reportedly" set to be released on March 12, the first day of free agency.

If and when it happens, though, the Raiders cutting Kelly will save the team $4.775 million against the salary cap for 2013, though he will still account for more than $6.324 million against the cap in dead money.

Kelly, 32, is due base salaries of $6.5 million in 2013 and $7 million in 2014, with cap numbers of $11.099.270 million and $8.725 million, respectively.

An undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Kelly made his NFL debut in 2004 and has not missed a game since 2007. He had seven sacks in 2010 and followed it up with 7 1/2 sacks in 2011, but his total fell to 1 1/2 last season. His tackles have also fallen from 39 to 27 to 25.

In 2008, Al Davis signed the then-unproven Kelly to a record seven-year, $50.5-million contract. Kelly, who has been working as his own agent in recent years, actually re-structured his contract with the Raiders last season and played for the veteran's minimum as his base salary, hence his ballooning cap numbers.