NAPA – Raiders outside linebacker Kevin Burnett has been released. Head coach Dennis Allen said the veteran was not yet medically cleared for participation in training camp, but even with an injury the veteran was expendable with competition at the weakside linebacker spot.
“With the young, talented players we have there in Miles Burris and Sio Moore and even Kaluka Maiava, we feel good at that position,” Allen said Thursday during a lunch with local press at the Napa Valley Marriott. “We’re going to move on from Kevin Burnett.”
Doing so will offer some salary cap savings. According to NFLPA documents, Burnett was set to make a $2.875 million base salary in 2014, which will now come off the books. A $642,500 prorated bonus will remain as dead money.
Burnett was a major contributor for the Raiders last season, when he made just $840,000. Burnett had 105 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in 16 starts.
The Raiders moved second-year pro Sio Moore to the weakside this offseason to make way for first-rounder Khalil Mack, which foreshadowed the Burnett transaction. He missed parts of the offseason program, and was sidelined with an ankle injury later in that period.
Moore and Miles Burris will battle it out to start at weakside linebacker. Allen said it will be an open competition, though it seems Moore will get first crack at that spot.