Report: Raiders Cut Trent Richardson, Ex-Patriot Kenbrell Thompkins


Trent Richardson is looking for a job. Again.

The former No. 3 overall draft pick was cut by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, NFL sources told ESPN. Richardson played one preseason game, tallying 19 yards on five carries. He missed the beginning of training camp while battling pneumonia.

Richardson racked up 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns — plus 51 catches for 367 receiving yards and a touchdown — as a rookie with the Cleveland Browns in 2012. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts two games into the 2013 season and recorded just 1,082 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the past two seasons combined.

Another notable Raider reportedly is done in Oakland: former New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was informed by the team he will be released, NFL sources told ESPN.

Thompkins is subject to waivers, though, and can’t be claimed until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was disappointed when Oakland claimed Thompkins in October last season, hoping he would clear waivers and stay in the organization as a member of the practice squad.

“It?s always tough to release a player, especially one like KT who works extremely hard and was really a dedicated athlete and certainly had a lot of good moments of performance for us,” Belichick said, via CSNNE. “We have other players at that position that also work hard that are talented. In the end, in order to get a guy on the roster you have to take a guy off. It just came down to that decision. It?s a hard decision to make, you know.

“I think KT has a future in the NFL.”

The Patriots released wide receiver Josh Boyce on Monday. New England drafted Boyce in 2013, the same year it signed Thompkins as an undrafted free agent.

Thompkins caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots in 2013. He caught 15 passes in 12 games for Oakland in 2014.

Thumbnail photo via Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

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