Raiders Waive 2021 First-Round Pick Alex Leatherwood, per Report

The Raiders‘ difficult stretch of drafting in the first round continued Tuesday as the organization decided to waive 2021 first-rounder Alex Leatherwood after just one season in Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Leatherwood, who was selected with the No. 17 pick in the 2021 draft out of Alabama, was widely considered to be a reach at the time. He struggled to carve out a place for himself on the Raiders’ offensive line, but still managed to start all 17 games during his rookie season.

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However, his performance wasn’t enough for Las Vegas to hold onto him in 2022. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders explored trading Leatherwood, but were unable to entice any of the other 31 teams with an offer.

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The lack of a viable deal led Las Vegas to eat approximately $7.9 million against the salary cap by waiving Leatherwood ahead of the league’s deadline for final roster cuts on Tuesday.