Marc Weinreich
Wednesday March 27th, 2013

The Raiders are expected to release Tommy Kelly. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) The Raiders are expected to release Tommy Kelly. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders will reportedly release defensive lineman Tommy Kelly on Wednesday, according to a report from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Kelly is scheduled to make $6.5 million next season after the late team owner Al Davis signed him to a seven-year, $50.1 million deal in 2008. According to Rosenthal, even Kelly expected the move, as General manager Reggie McKenzie looks to clear up more cap space.

To that end, Rosenthal also reports that linebacker Rolando McClain could also be cut at some point before the season begins, and it's still unclear whether the Raiders will also release quarterback Carson Palmer. Kelly hasn't missed a game since 2007 during his nine seasons with the team, and is only a few years removed from his best stretch with the Raiders. His most impressive years came in 2010 and '11 when he recorded 14.5 sacks and six passes defensed in 32 games.

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