Tommy Kelly expects to be released by Raiders: ‘The writing is on the wall’

If Tommy Kelly is to be believed, don’t expect to see him in a Raiders uniform next season.

The Raiders this offseason have been actively trying to shed salary to clear cap space via contract restructuring and giving players their outright releases. Kelly, who hasn’t heard from the team since the end of season, told the Chronicle’s Vic Tafur he expects to fall under the latter category:

“The writing is on the wall,” Kelly said. “The team is going in another direction. I’m ready for the next chapter. … They’re ready, too.” [...]

“I had a good nine years. My body is straight, I have my health. … I’m not sad at all.”

Kelly, 32, is on the hook to make $6.5 million in 2013. By releasing him, the Raiders would reportedly create $4.8 million in cap space. Last season in 16 games, he had just one sack. In 2010 and 2011 he had 14.5 total.

Kelly has two years left on a seven-year, $50.1 million contract from 2008, which was the richest contract given to a defensive tackle because Al Davis was crazy.

[via SF Chron]

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