AFC West: Justin Griffith
Running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski will remain in their roles. Meanwhile, former Houston assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack will run the Raiders offensive line. Pollack worked with new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Houston the past two seasons.
The team also announced that Al Miller will be the strength coach and that he'll be assisted by John Grieco. Miller – who worked with new Oakland coach Dennis Allen in Atlanta – is one of the most respected strength coaches ever, and was with the Broncos during the early John Elway days.
Former Raiders fullback Justin Griffith, who played for Knapp in four different NFL cities, will be the offensive quality-control coach. Eric Sanders will be the Raiders’ defensive quality-control coach.
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He was signed to a healthy contract last year. The move raised eyebrows because the former first-round pick was a bust in nearby San Francisco. Harris fared no better on the other side of the Bay. Harris was known for repeated false start penalties and poor overall play in Oakland.
He was eventually replaced by Mario Henderson. Oakland will likely look for offensive tackle help early in the draft. Harris joins 2008 big-money acquisitions DeAngelo Hall and Gibril Wilson to be cut after signing huge contracts. The team still may cut receiver Javon Walker even though it would help the salary cap. Harris' release saved Oakland $7.116 million on the cap.
Harris' release was considered to be just a matter of time.
Oakland also cut fullback Justin Griffith. His release was a bit of a surprise because he was an effective player before he suffered a season-ending injury last year. The team is hopeful the injured Oren O'Neal will recover in time to start in 2009. Griffith's release saved several hundred thousand dollars.
Profootballtalk.com reported earlier Monday that defensive tackle Tommy Kelly reworked his deal some and will be kept. Kelly signed a $50-plus million deal last year yet like the other big-money deals of 2008; he did not live up to his deal.