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Matt Schaub released by the Oakland Raiders

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Jack Del Rio has had a decent start to his life so far as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have had a decent free agency period so far, bringing in a number of talented free agents that have the potential to get even better - all under the age of 28 - and will certainly improve the team next.

But Del Rio has made the big decision to let one of his big name players leave however, quarterback Matt Schaub. 

Failed Free Agent

According to a report from, the Raiders have decided to let the 33-year old leave Coliseum, after he was brought in on a pretty hefty wage packet but never even got a sniff of the starting quarterback spot.

The Raiders spent a 6th round pick to bring in Schaub last year from the Houston Texans, where he spent the 2013 season being booed by his own fans after a year that was so poor it saw the Texans land the number one draft pick.

Schaub contributed little to the Raiders, throwing 10 passes for Oakland, two of which were intercepted. He finished the season as kick holder after losing the starting spot in pre-season to the 2nd round pick Derek Carr. He became a very expendable figure last week when his fate was signed with the arrival of Christian Ponder, who will now compete with Matt McGloin for the number two spot behind Carr.

The Raiders paid Schaub $8 million last season, to do exactly nothing. His release saves them $5.5 million in salary-cap room. Oakland, which has signed an NFL-high nine unrestricted free agents from other rosters, still has an impressive $25.1 million of cap space remaining.

So far in 2015, the Raiders have brought in Nate Allen from the Eagles, nose tackle Dan Williams, linebacker Curtis Lofton and Malcolm Smith and running back Roy Helu. They missed out on DeMarco Murray and Julius Thomas however, two high profile targets they were very interested in bringing in.

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