Double surprise this Monday in Las Vegas, while the franchises are finalizing their roster for the start of the season. The Raiders have just separated from Alex Leatherwood (OT) and Trayvon Mullen (CB), two players recently drafted and holders last season.
For Trayvon Mullen, it’s an exchange that sends him to the neighboring state of Arizona, to the Cardinals. The residents of the University of Phoenix Stadium paid only a seventh round draft (which could turn into a sixth round) to recover Mullen. Drafted in the second round in 2019, Mullen had played all the games of his first two seasons before having a very short season (5 games only) in 2021 for a foot injury. He leaves Vegas with a statistical record of 4 interceptions and 28 assists defended in 37 games.
On the side of Alex Leatherwood, not even a drop point. The player is purely and simply cut off. Surprising for an offensive lineman drafted in the first round last season. Worse, according to Ian Rapoport (NFL Network), the Raiders have suffered refusals from all the teams in the league, not interested in paying draft rounds for the player. Last year, Leatherwood played in every game, allowing 8 sacks (second-highest total in the league) and committing 14 penalties (3rd-highest total in the league).
They tried to trade him to eveyone. Got 32 nos. https://t.co/2BwfIyZs4H
—Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2022