Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden made another move on Thursday indicating the Silver & Black certainly is his team. The Raiders cut safety Obi Melifonwu, the defensive back they selected in the second round just 15 months ago.
Melifonwu appeared in just five games (one start) his rookie year while spending 10 weeks on the injured reserve with knee and hip injuries. He recently missed practices with another “lower body injury”.
The move makes room for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who the team announced they signed as a corresponding move.
Rodgers-Cromartie is a two-time Pro Bowler (2009, 2015) and is coming off a year in which he recorded 48 tackles and one pass defensed while playing for the New York Giants.
In all, Rodgers-Cromartie has 144 passes defensed since joining the league as a 16th-overall draft pick in 2008, ranking first among active NFL players.