Neal, who was one of Oakland's key offseason acquisitions, was given his release following the Raiders' morning practice against the San Francisco 49ers.
FB Lorenzo Neal
"It was just really, you know, who's here and what we think's best for the team at this point," head coach Tom Cable said. "I'm just preparing for where we need to be as a football team and what we thought we have, and whether that was enough and all that. So it was time to go in a different direction there."
Neal seemed to be doing fine in training camp and was one of the team's main offseason signings, a player Cable talked about bringing veteran experience and leadership to the Raiders' locker room.
Neal, entering his seventeenth year, spent the 2003 to 2007 seasons in San Diego. LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 1,547 rushing yards per season in Neal's stint with the Chargers.
Neal was set to face off against the Chargers for the first time since leaving the club on Opening Day, when the Raiders host the Chargers on Monday Night Football. He spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens, who ended with the best rushing attack in the AFC (148.5 yards per game).
According to WarpaintIllustrated.com, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos have engaged in preliminary talks on a deal that would send WR Brandon Marshall to the Chiefs in exchange for QB Brodie Croyle and a 2010 draft pick, most likely the second-round selection Kansas City acquired in the Tony Gonzalez trade.
WR Brandon Marshall
While the in-division trade remains unlikely, it has some legs because of the connection between Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who both migrated to the AFC West this offseason after stints with the New England Patriots.
The combo of Marshall and Dwayne Bowe would give the Chiefs two elite wide-outs to hasten the development of new franchise QB Matt Cassel. Kansas City reportedly also has an interest in Cardinals star Anquan Boldin, who would be reunited with Chiefs coach Todd Haley, Boldin's coordinator in Arizona.
In Denver, the addition of Broyle would add another level of intrigue to the QB mix. The team would like a better insurance plan in case Kyle Orton -- who threw interceptions during his first three drives during his Denver preseason debut -- proves ineffective.
Info from Silver & Black Illustrated and Warpaint Illustrated was used inside this report. For more on the Lorenzo Neal story, click here. For more on the potential in-division trade between the Chiefs and Broncos, click here.
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