Oakland Raiders started the free agency period with the most cap space in the NFL, but after several signings now has come the time for them to let go of some personnel.
Mike Brisiel was the first to take the hit Tuesday as he was released from the Raiders after two seasons and 30 starts for the franchise.
The offensive guard has spent five season with the Houston Texans before he made the move to the AFC West team, but now the 31-year-old will have to find a new team for the 2014 NFL season.
One of the major reasons for his departure is the amount of personnel that has come in through the Oakland front office during the free agency period.
The major signing for the Raiders this off-season has been that of former two-time Super Bowl winning New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
The salary that was given to him and other free agent acquisitions Tarell Brown, Antonio Brown and James Jones has meant cuts are needed.
Whether or not Brisiel retires remains to be seen, but it's understood that he wants to continue.
NFL insider Scott Bair explained via Twitter, "In terms of Brisiel retiring, his agent said a few weeks ago that Mike planned to return in 2014."
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