March 19, 2013
The Oakland Raiders cut a pair of former first-round picks
yesterday, as the club parted ways with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and
safety Michael Huff, the team announced.
The Raiders shocked everyone when they took Heyward-Bey with
the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The wide out was a combine king,
as he remains one of the fastest at his position. He was able to average
roughly 800 yards receiving over the past two years, but he never developed
into the No. 1 option the Raiders envisioned.
Huff was also selected No. 7 overall, but Oakland made him
their first-round pick in 2006. His cut doesn't appear to be due to his play on
the field, as he's been an above-average safety. It's more likely that the team
no longer wanted to pay him as one of the game's best at his position.