Raiders Cut Johnathan Abram
NFL Week 9 - The Las Vegas Raiders have officially cut former first-round selection Johnathan Abram, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Abram was drafted 27th overall in the 2019 NFL draft by the Raiders, starting in 34 games over the course of his four years in the league. Abram started six of the eight games he appeared in in 2022, playing 79.3% of the defense's snaps and accruing 48 combined tackles and a pass breakup over the course of the season.
Cutting Abram continues an abysmal stretch of poor first-round selections during the Mike Mayock-Jon Gruden era of the Raiders franchise. Between 2019 and 2021, the Raiders made six selections in the first round. Four of those players--Abram, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver Henry Ruggs, and cornerback Damon Arnette--were waived before the completion of their rookie deal, with Ruggs and Arnette being arrested prior to their waiving. Of the two players who were not outright waived--edge rusher Clelin Ferrell and running back Josh Jacobs--both had their fifth-year options declined by the Raiders.