Report: Raiders to cut Pat Lee

November, 10, 2012
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Starters rarely get cut in the NFL during the season.


It appears is going to happen twice in five days in the AFC West. At the same position.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the Raiders will cut cornerback Pat Lee on Saturday. The move would be made to make room for Ron Bartell, who is about to be activated from the injured reserve.

Monday, Kansas City cut starting cornerback Stanford Routt. The Lee move, while surprising, it isn’t as stunning as the Routt cut. Routt was a big-money player.

Lee was a starter because of injuries. He was a decent starter for the Raiders. Lee was brought to Oakland from Green Bay by former Packers’ executive and first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie.

The Raiders are thin at cornerback. So the move to cut a player who started the past seven games is a bit strange. You’d think he’d be valuable as a reserve and as injury insurance. According to this report, it appears the Raiders think otherwise.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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