COMMENTARY | Another day gone, and another payroll-gutting move by Oakland Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie.
This time, it's defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
After an offseason of cutting overpaid players left behind by Al Davis' hefty contracts, McKenzie continued to salvage his payroll by releasing him.
This should come as no surprise since Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle weeks ago the "writing was on the wall" for his release from the team.
Kelly was scheduled to make over $6 million in base salary in 2013, and McKenzie was clearly not sold on paying that much for a guy who only managed 1.5 sacks last season.
Though this move seemed like an inevitable one, it leaves the Raiders almost barren on their defensive line.
With the exception of a young and exciting Lamarr Houston, Oakland has nobody else that can make an impact on a defensive line that was already one of the worst in 2012.
It's clear as day the Raiders are in serious rebuilding mode, and stripping the defensive line of all of its worth proves that McKenzie is not expecting anything big from his team in 2013.
Kelly was another product of Davis' overpaid players, and there was no way McKenzie was going to keep him around.
Sometimes you just have to hit them where it hurts: in the wallet.
Steven Slivka is a Featured Columnist for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @stevenslivka.
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