Raiders release Johnathan Abram

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The Raiders are leaving one of their former first-round picks.

Las Vegas releases security Johnathan Abram, according to multiple reports.

Abram was the third of three first-round picks the Raiders made in 2019, their final season in Oakland. Selected 27th overall, Abram missed nearly all of his rookie year after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in week one. He returned for 2020 and became a productive starter.

But Abram — along with No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell and No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs — had his fifth-year option declined in the spring. The team reportedly tried to trade him but found no takers.

While Abram started the 2022 season playing nearly every snap, his playing time was reduced in week five. In week eight, he was dropped from the starting lineup. He played 34% of snaps defensive in the loss to New Orleans and 46% of snaps defensive in the loss to Jacksonville.

Abram recorded three interceptions, 12 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, eight tackles for loss and nine QB hits in 36 games with 34 starts. Like all players cut after the trading deadline, Abram is subject to waivers.

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