The veteran running back Kenyan Drake will cost the Las Vegas Raiders $3.6 million in salary cap space this year and another $4.4 million in 2023. As reported by The Associated Press on Monday, Drake claimed that general manager Dave Ziegler gave him a call to break the news that the team was moving on without him.
Drake: “He let me know how they were planned on moving forward, how extremely uncustomary it was for him to inform me himself, and it was just a statement of the respect he has for me as a player, and as a guy.
Drake, 28, had been out since Week 13 of last season with a broken right ankle. After the third preseason game on August 14 against the Minnesota Vikings, in which he played, he told ESPN that the running backs were the “heartbeat” and “engine” of the club.
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Former Pro Bowler Josh Jacobs, former New England Patriots pass-catching back Brandon Bolden (who has not yet played in the preseason), fourth-round draft pick Zamir White, seventh-round pick Brittain Brown, veterans Ameer Abdullah and Austin Walter, and former Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson all remain in a crowded running back room.
“They had their henchmen. Two running backs were drafted, and two more were brought in; all four are players I respect. Their skill in the game is admirable. Drake told the AP, “I have nothing negative to say about the corporation with how they opted to move.” I’ve been around the game for a while, and I’m starting to feel like an outsider.
My outlook is that this simply affords me the chance to join a new squad and maintain my role as a key contributor there. It would cost the Raiders $8 million in dead money if they cut Drake rather than trade him. According to Drake, Ziegler promised a deal as soon as possible.
Drake claimed that he expected to be released “within the next 24 hours, but if not, for them to just sort of really move on from there.” Whoever picks me up, whether it’s the Raiders or another team, will have to pay that deal. As a result, it appears that I will be receiving compensation. Drake claimed he would be useful to another squad as a receiving and rushing threat.
I’m not picky about how much money I make or the opportunities I take. Simply put, “all I want is the chance to fight for a winning team.” Simply put, I’m a plain old guy. Not that I’m towards the end of my career, but neither am I a rookie nor a seasoned veteran. Drake played in three preseason games and totaled 30 yards on 12 runs and 27 yards receiving.
Drake renegotiated the terms of the $11 million, two-year free agent contract he originally signed with the Raiders in 2016, back when general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden were in charge.
Drake was the only player brought to South Florida for Saturday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, sending a signal that the new regime of Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels meant business.
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