Raiders lose 2 veterans with Jones-Drew's retirement, Woodley's release

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ALAMEDA, California — Two of the Oakland Raiders' big free agent acquisitions from last season are no longer with the team.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement Thursday and defensive end LaMarr Woodley was released by the team.

The two were brought in last March as general manager Reggie McKenzie targeted veterans to help rebuild the struggling organization. Woodley was paid more than $4.8 million last season when he had no sacks in six games before being sidelined by a season-ending biceps injury.

Jones-Drew was paid $2.5 million last season but only rushed for 96 yards on 43 carries in 12 games.

The moves save the Raiders about $7.7 million on this year's salary cap.


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