Raiders Cut All Three COVID Opt Outs on Same Day. Coincidence or Message?

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If the Las Vegas Raiders weren’t trying to send a message to their players, it sure looks like they were. On Monday, the team waived a total of three players: LB Ukeme Eligwe, DE Jeremiah Valoaga and DB D.J. Killings.

A lot of people reading this probably don’t even know who those guys are. That’s understandable, as they were all bottom-of-the-roster type of players. So, why are we talking about them? Well, there’s an interesting connection between the trio.

Apparently, those three players were the only Raiders to opt out of the 2020 season. As Levi Damien with Raiders Wire pointed out on Monday night, all of those guys went on the COVID-19 reserve/opt out list. Now they’ve all been cut … on the same day.

Like I said, if Jon Gruden and company aren’t sending a message here, then it sure is a wild coincidence. These guys were already long shots to make the roster anyways, and the decision-makers didn’t get a chance to see them at all in 2020.

Do any of those players regret their decision? I don’t know. I would have to know their reasons for opting out, but even then, it would be difficult to speculate.

If the Raiders did, in fact, send a message though, I’m sure that message has been delivered loud and clear.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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    • Hey Chris…an agreement with the NFL in place so they got stipends of either $350K or $150K depending on the reason for the opt-out, and that stipend was a loan towards the next year’s salary. So they got the league-mandated stipend. No salary cap charge for the stipend and their 2020 contract becomes their 2021 contract, but being let go, they’re on their own to find work.

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