The Raiders made some last-minute roster moves as they prepared to open training camp this week. The most surprising of the lot was the decision to release Courtney Anderson on Thursday, the team's starting tight end the past three seasons.
A seventh-round pick in 2004, Anderson started 24 games over the past two seasons for the Raiders and had 49 catches, 588 yards and five touchdowns.
But Anderson, who played very well as a rookie, never fully developed the way the Raiders wanted to. That was evident this past April when Oakland used its second-round draft pick on tight end Zach Miller.
The Raiders also have James Adkisson, John Madsen and Randal Williams from their 2006 team and signed free agent veteran tight end Tony Stewart in the offseason.
"It was just a decision we felt at this time was best for our team," Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin said. "We're kind of stockpiled at the position. We feel we're going to move with the guys that we have."
Oakland also announced it had signed rookie draft picks Quentin Moses and Johnnie Lee Higgins, leaving Miller and first-rounder JaMarcus Russell as the only draft picks yet to sign.
The Raiders made one another roster move, signing defensive end Bill Swancutt off waivers from Detroit.