Denver and Oakland news
September, 5, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Cut news is starting to trickle in from the AFC West.
In Denver, the Broncos have cut outside linebacker Tim Crowder and have kept outside linebacker Jarvis Moss. Moss was Denver’s top pick in 2007, while Crowder was the second-round pick. Both players were moved from defensive end to linebacker by the new Denver regime this year as it transitioned to the 3-4 defense.
Crowder had a promising rookie season, but he struggled last season. He looked good early in camp this year, but he couldn’t fully make the transition. Moss has been a huge bust so far, but Denver is giving him another chance. He left camp earlier this summer, but returned committed to the team. Denver was offering Moss in a trade during the late rounds of the April draft.
Meanwhile, it is being reported Denver finalized a deal for veteran Vonnie Holliday. He has been a free agent for more than five months. He will give Denver veteran depth on its young line. He can play both end and tackle in the 3-4. Holliday is 33, so he likely will be a part-time player.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the Raiders cut massive defensive tackle Terdell Sand and they kept undrafted rookie Desmond Bryant.
Sands was given a $1.9 million roster bonus this offseason. The team had high hopes for Sands but he fell out of favor and dropped all the way to the third team this summer, while Bryant, who is from Harvard, worked with the second team.
Sands' legacy in Oakland, other than being cut after he was paid the bonus, was reportedly punching teammate Shane Lechler on a flight home from a win at Denver last season.