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It’s been a bloody Saturday for the Las Vegas Raiders as they’ve had to make some brutal cuts to their roster. One player who looked like he had a shot to make the roster was linebacker Kyle Emanuel. The former Los Angeles Charger has a good amount of starting experience and seemed like a good fit. However, the team is letting him go, according to Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee.

The move was a bit of a surprise due to the fact that the Raiders don’t have great depth at linebacker. It appears the decision to trade for Raekwon McMillan sealed Emanuel’s fate. This is the second year in a row the Raiders brought in a rival’s former linebacker and let him go before the season started.

The most unfortunate part of Emanuel getting cut is that he just recently came out of retirement. He missed all of last season but decided to come back. He’s only 29 so there should be plenty of juice left in the tank.

Emanuel reportedly had a number of suitors when it was revealed he wanted to come out of retirement. He decided to sign with the Raiders because he believed he could win with them. Galaviz mentioned the practice squad as a possibility but it’s highly unlikely a veteran like him accepts a position like that. He’ll probably find a new team at some point this season.

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