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Tommy Kelly is one of several veteran players with big contract numbers.
Last offseason, Reggie McKenzie started his tenure in Oakland by attacking the dire salary-cap situation. He did so by ridding the team of some ridiculously huge contracts handed out in previous seasons. This included the likes of Stanford Routt and Kamerion Wimbley, to name a few.
These cuts certainly hurt the team's talent level for this year, but they were extremely necessary for the future of the franchise. With the salary-cap situation now slightly better but still not where it needs to be, we can expect more veterans to be released. But the question is, who?
With the emergence of Desmond Bryant, the flashes of potential from Christo Bilukidi, as well as Lamarr Houston's capability to move inside, Tommy Kelly is one player who becomes expendable. Considering his struggles rushing the passer this season, his age (32) and his big contract, he could very well be released.
Kelly is not the only one with a big contract and big cap number who could be let go. Other players include LB Rolando McClain, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and QB Carson Palmer.
Either way, we know that a lot of changes are going to be made as the rebuilding process continues.