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February 20, 2009
Gibril, Curry, Kalimba are released

One year after making him the third highest safety in the NFL, the Raiders have released Gibril Wilson.

The Raiders also released defensive end Kalimba Edwards and wide receiver Ronald Curry.

The Raiders had no explanation as to why Wilson was cut, but after signing Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler to big deals, the team needed to do somethign to create more salary cap-space.

Oddly enough, when DeAngelo Hall was waived last year, he called Wilson. Wilson said he thought Hall called to say he'd heard Wilson was being cut.

Of all the money the Raiders threw at players last offseason, Wilson appeared to be the one that had some level of success.

He finished second on the team with 129 tackles to go with two interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

Wilson's deal was for six years and worth up to $39 million with $16 million in guarantees.

This move probably means Michael Huff won't get his wish of being released. The team could put Tyvon Branch at strong safety if they don't want to put Huff back in that spot.

Edwards had five sacks, but none in his last six games he played in.

Curry has long expected to be released after going from starter to special teams player, to inactive last season.

I'll have more on this later.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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