Raiders release Wilson, Kluwe

Raiders release Wilson, Kluwe
September 1, 2013, 12:30 pm

Fourth-round draft pick out of Arkansas Tyler Wilson lost a roster spot to undrafted Matt McGloin. (AP)

The Raiders roster breakdown is back to normal.

The Raiders are parting ways with punter Chris Kluwe and rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, alleviating a glut at both positions.

The team announced those transactions on Sunday afternoon. They were corresponding moves to waiver claims for guard Antoine McClain and defensive lineman Brian Sanford. 

The Raiders hoped to get something in trade for Wilson and Kluwe instead of sending them through waivers. That didn’t happen quickly, and the Raiders reacted when players they sought became available. 

Kluwe ultimately lost a position battle to Marquette King, a second-year pro with a strong leg and tremendous upside. King is a tad inconsistent, but the Raiders went with the young player who could be their punter for a long time.

The Raiders will send Wilson through waivers. If he makes it through, Wilson could be signed to the practice squad.

If another team claims him as expected, Wilson was a wasted draft pick. The rookie from Arkansas fell behind the undrafted Matt McGloin and never recovered.

Wilson was held out of two preseason games in favor of McGloin, and went through several practices without receiving reps in team drills. McGloin wasn’t great in the preseason. He had a 66.2 quarterback rating and threw two touchdowns and three interceptions. Wilson rarely got a chance to play or practice. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said frequently that Wilson struggled with mental aspects of the position. 

The Raiders paid Wilson’s $450,900 signing bonus for his work in training camp. His base salary structure would carry on with any team that claimed him.

Bass claimed: Defensive end David Bass, a seventh-round pick who was released on Saturday, was claimed by the Bears on Sunday morning.