A pair of premium first-round draft picks were casualties Tuesday as the Raiders attempted to put their financial house in order on the first day of the new league year.
Free safety Michael Huff, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive end David Tollefson were released on the day that 17 players became unrestricted free agents.
The big surprise was Huff, who started at cornerback in 14 games last season and was ticketed for a return to free safety. Huff was due $4 million in salary, had a $4 million roster bonus due and had a salary cap figure of $11.2 million.
Huff appeared to be in the plans of coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie and was ticketed for a return to free safety.