The Raiders released free safety Stuart Schweigert on Tuesday in a move that became a foregone conclusion once they signed Gibril Wilson in March.

Schweigert, 26, started 10 games last season and 42 during his four seasons with the Raiders. However, he was replaced in the starting lineup by journeyman Hiram Eugene late last season.

Eugene also failed to make the plays expected of him on a consistent basis. As a result, the Raiders signed Wilson, a free agent from the New York Giants, to be the starter at strong safety.

The Raiders have moved Michael Huff to free safety to take advantage of Wilson’s superior size and hitting ability and put Huff in a better position to use his speed and coverage skills.

Schweigert could not be reached for comment. The Raiders announced the move but did not issue a statement.

The Raiders took a $316,000 hit against the salary cap by releasing Schweigert because they had not accounted for the 2008 and ’09 prorated portions of his signing bonus.

Oakland also cut outside linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. He was signed earlier this year but failed to impress the Raiders during a recent mini-camp.

Meanwhile, the Raiders began their second week of off-season practices in a session closed to the media. It was the first time running back Darren McFadden and quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked together.

McFadden, the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft last month, was not allowed at last week’s practices because he is a rookie. Russell, the No. 1 pick in 2007, was not at the rookie mini-camp the previous week.

 

 


The Associated Press contributed to this report.