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Veteran running back Kenyan Drake’s time with the NEVADA Raiders should come to a finish after twelve months.
General manager Dave Ziegler informed Drake of the team’s decision in a telephone call.
“He i want to know how these were planning on continue, how really uncustomary it had been for him to inform me himself, and that has been only a testament to the respect he’s got for me personally as a new player, and as a guy,” Drake told the Associated Press’ W.G. Ramirez.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero previously reported Monday that NEVADA was likely to release Drake. He appeared in 12 games for the team in 2021 with two starts.
Josina Anderson of CBS Sports added that the Raiders “will still keep an ear to the telephone for potential eleventh-hour trade inquiries” for Drake but that the team’s “clear-cut intention remains to go on in any event.”
Drake’s 2021 season was cut short by way of a broken ankle he suffered in December. The 28-year-old accumulated 254 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries while adding 30 catches for 291 yards and a score.
Drake had recovered with time to stay uniform for the Raiders’ first three preseason games. NEVADA is likely to put more focus on its running game under new head coach Josh McDaniels, also it revamped its running back room through free agency and the draft.
The Raiders signed Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah and drafted fourth-rounder Zamir White and seventh-rounder Brittain Brown. Lead back Josh Jacobs is apparently in line for a go back to form after falling lacking 1,000 yards for the very first time in his three-year career last season. With so many additions, Drake became expendable.
Drake signed a two-year, $11 million cope with NEVADA last offseason and restructured the contract in March. The Raiders will eat $8 million in dead money by cutting Drake, per Spotrac.
A third-round draft pick in 2016, Drake began his career with the Miami Dolphins before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in October 2019. He recorded career highs of 239 carries, 955 yards and 10 touchdowns for Arizona in 2020.