Lamarcus Joyner, who the Raiders signed for big money as a slots corner two years ago and got little in return, will be released before the 2021 free agency period.
Joyner, 31, signed a four-year deal worth up to $42 million and was touted by coach Jon Gruden as similar to Ronde Barber, who played for Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
Instead, Joyner will return to free agency after going 28 games without an interception and five passes defended. Owing to $9.6 million in salary, Joyner’s removal from the payroll will add an additional $8.7 million to the salary cap space.
The move was first reported by NFL Media and confirmed to the Bay Area News Group by a team source.
The NFL’s free agency trading period begins March 15, with players able to sign with teams on March 17.
The Raiders have already released wide receiver Tyrell Williams, who also got a big contract in 2019, and a team source has confirmed the imminent release of guard Richie Incognito. Guard Gabe Jackson was also reportedly released, although the Raiders did not file any moves with the NFL other than Williams.
Factoring in the removal of the above players, the Raiders will have over $16 million in salary cap space according to overthecap.com. All numbers are approximate until the NFL hits a salary cap with a floor of $180.5 million that could reach $185 million or more.
Other free agency quick moves:
– Cornerback AJ Bouye, who played seven games with the Denver Broncos last season and was released in early February, will visit the Raiders in Las Vegas. Bouye, 30, suffered a shoulder injury last season as well as a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Bouye has served four games of a six-game suspension, so the team that signs him won’t have him on the roster for the first two games of the season. He played four seasons with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent before signing a five-year, $67 million deal with Jacksonville with $26 million guaranteed.
The Jaguars released Bouye after two seasons and he signed with the Broncos in 2020. During his visit, Bouye will be the first free agent to visit the facility as visits were virtual last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
–Carlos Dunlap, who the Raiders died a year ago after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals, was released by the Seattle Seahawks.
The inability to move on Dunlap due to financial problems gave the Raiders cause for regret. Dunlap immediately improved the Seahawks pass rush and had five sacks in eight games.
The Raiders, meanwhile, opted to sign Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley for a cost about $800,000 less than the $1.8 million Seattle paid Dunlap. Beasley did not record a sack and McKinley never played in a game, finishing the season on injured reserve. Both are scheduled for free agency.
– Dallin Leavitt, a safety and special teams player, has been re-signed as an exclusive royalty-free agent.