The Raiders now need a backup quarterback.
Oakland released quarterback AJ McCarron on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The move also saves the team $5 million in salary-cap space.
The Raiders have released QB AJ McCarron, per @AdamSchefter. Raiders like him, the move takes $5 million off the books. Nathan Peterman on the roster, but Raiders need another quarterback.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 14, 2019
The Raiders traded a 2019 fifth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for McCarron in September. He appeared in two games for Oakland and completed one of his three pass attempts.
Releasing McCarron makes Nathan Peterman the team's backup quarterback at the moment. Peterman was signed to a reserve-futures contract in January.
Peterman threw three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in eight games over two seasons in Buffalo.