Oakland Raiders Release WR Jordy Nelson

Yes, Jon Gruden gave Jordy Nelson a $3.6 million Christmas gift, but it's not as bad as it sounds

The Oakland Raiders announced Friday they had signed Nelson, who played 14 games for the Cardinals last season.

The Raiders plan to move to Las Vegas in the near future, but a new football stadium that's being built for them there won't be ready until fall 2020 at the earliest. His arrival could also spell the end for Seth Roberts, who will count nearly $5 million against the cap next season, and with second-year wideout Marcell Ateman waiting in the wings, Roberts could be the odd man out.

Nelson would have seen his base salary of $3 million for 2019 become fully guaranteed on Sunday, and he had a salary-cap number of more than $5.368 million. But this new agreement, after the team scoured through other stadium options in and out of the Bay Area, assures they'll have yet another chance for a proper sendoff.

However, nothing materialized so the Raiders resumed negotiating with the Coliseum Authority.

The Oakland Raiders will play at least one more year in their longtime home.

Although the Oakland City Council and Alameda County administrators still must approve the deal, it's expected to go through.

The Oakland Raiders made things official Wednesday with the best wide receiver in the game, as they brought in Antonio Brown to Oakland for his introductory press conference.

Miley said he hopes the extension "may provide a sense of healing" between the Raiders and the community.

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