The Raiders today have released Tommy Kelly. The club appreciates his service, dedication and toughness.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 27, 2013
Originally a free agent out of Mississippi State, Kelly has spent all nine of his NFL seasons in Oakland. Before his release, he was scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2013. As La Canfora noted, Kelly should garner plenty of interest on the open market.
Meanwhile, it's been a busy offseason for the Raiders. The team lost six players to free agency -- linebacker Philip Wheeler (to the Dolphins), safety Mike Mitchell (Panthers), tight end Brandon Myers (Giants), running back Mike Goodson (Jets), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (Browns), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (Cardinals) -- and also released former first-rounders safety Michael Huff (Ravens) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, and defensive end Dave Tollefson.