Raiders cut college hoopster

May, 14, 2012
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So much for the Andre Hardy experiment in Oakland, as the Raiders waived the rookie on Monday.

Hardy was intriguing because he was a college basketball player who the Raiders signed as a tight end. With the likes of Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham striking it big after taking similar paths, it’s worth watching every time a player tries to emulate their moves.

However, Hardy didn’t make it a day past rookie minicamp in Oakland. The best-case scenario for Hardy was for him to be a practice squad player in 2012, giving him a chance to develop. However, it is clear the Oakland staff concluded Hardy is too far away from even taking him to training camp.

The Raiders also cut quarterback Rhett Bomar on Monday. He wasn’t going to be anything more than a camp arm, anyway.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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