As expected, the Raiders have released quarterback Andrew Walter, who was told about the move just before Thursday's second practice. It is the corresponding move to first-round draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey signing.
"I'm very excited for a fresh start," he told reporters. "We'll see what happens. The only thing different that I would have hoped for is that it would have happened earlier. Things haven't changed since February and it occurred just now. The timing is something I can't control and I couldn't have been able to, but I'd have preferred it to be different."
Walter was the Raiders' third-round pick, 60th overall, out of Arizona State in 2005. He started nine of the 15 games in which he played in Oakland, including eight of 12 for the brutal 2006 team that finished 2-14 under Art Shell.
"Time to move on and that had run its course, and like I had mentioned yesterday we like who we have got here and no sense in prolonging it any more," said coach Tom Cable. "Lets move on."
True, Walter is a good guy, and, with the worst offensive line in modern history, he never had a real shot to prove himself. But I never understood why the Raiders drafted him so high in the first place. Godspeed, Andrew. Maybe the San Francisco-Sacramento entry in the upcoming UFL will call?
JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski are the four QBs still in camp.