- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the season all but lost, the Oakland Raiders are shedding disappointing players.
According to an NFL source close to the situation, starting cornerback Ronald Bartell has been told by the Raiders he will be released Monday. Bartell signed a one-year deal with Oakland with hopes he would return to his form prior to a neck injury that kept him out of 15 games with St. Louis last season.
He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 and he was put on injured reserve with the designation to return. He came back last month. Bartell started all six of the games he has played in this season, including a loss to Denver on Thursday night. Bartell was benched during a Week 13 loss to Cleveland.
Cornerback is one of the Raiders’ thinnest areas, so it is somewhat surprising the team is planning to get rid of Bartell with three games to go. Phillip Adams’ playing time has increased in recent weeks.
When released, Bartell, 30, will be subject to waivers. If not claimed, he will be a free agent. I could see a playoff contender looking for cornerback depth showing some interest in Bartell. Cornerback help is always a premium.
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