Raiders cut down to 75

The Raiders got down to the NFL-mandated roster limit of 75 players on Tuesday by releasing three players, including defensive end Kevin Huntley.

Wide receiver Johnnie Morant and quarterback Jeff Otis were also let go, one day after Oakland parted ways with veteran wideout Doug Gabriel.

None of the moves were surprising.

Huntley, who played in six games and had 2 ½ sacks in 2006 after being inactive most of the season, was lost in a logjam at defensive end. The Raiders, seeking a complementary pass-rusher to Pro Bowler Derrick Burgess, drafted Quentin Moses and Jay Richardson in April, and both rookies figure to play extensively in the regular season.

Morant, a fifth-round pick in 2004, played in 15 games in three seasons and caught just eight passes in his career, including seven last year. The Raiders have Ronald Curry, Jerry Porter, Travis Taylor, Mike Williams, Alvis Whitted and rookie Johnnie Lee Higgins, so Morant and Gabriel were both deemed expendable.

As for Otis, he was simply a training camp quarterback who was brought in to help run the scout team and to keep the other quarterbacks from wearing out their arm in the preseason.


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