Raiders to Release Former First-Rounder Johnathan Abram, per Report

Raiders to Release Former First-Rounder Johnathan Abram, per Report

The Raiders are releasing safety Johnathan Abram, a former first-round pick, after failing to deal him ahead of last week’s trade deadline, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Abram, the No. 27 pick in the 2019 draft, was in the final year of his rookie contract after Las Vegas decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on his deal this offseason. He’s due a little over $1 million in base salary for the remainder of 2022.

The 26-year-old will now head to waivers, where all of the league’s 31 other teams will have to a chance to claim him.

Abram was born in Mississippi State and played in the secondary. He was also named All-American third team in his senior season. However, he never quite met the high expectations set out for him in the NFL, racking up 255 total tackles and three interceptions across four years with Vegas. With Abram’s release Tuesday, Abram is the Raiders’ latest draft pick to leave the team in recent years. He is the team’s fourth first-rounder since 2019 to be cut, alongside Henry Ruggs III (’20), Damon Arnette (’20) and Alex Leatherwood (’21). Clelin Ferrell and Josh Jacobs, who were also chosen in the first round in the ’19 draft, both had their fifth-year options declined before the start of the season.

Through eight games, the Raiders are 2-6 under first-year coach Josh McDaniels.

More NFL Coverage:

Raider Maven: Josh McDaniels Final Thoughts: Raiders vs. Jaguars

For more Las Vegas Raiders coverage, go to Raider Maven.

Read More