Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Raiders releasing Hunter Renfrow, Jimmy Garoppolo early in 2024 NFL free agency, per report


When the NFL’s 2024 league year officially begins at 4 p.m. ET, the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t only set to release quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. They’ll also cut ties with former Pro Bowl wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, according to NFL Media, just two years after signing the pass catcher to a $32 million extension.

The 28-year-old Renfrow was due $13.7 million in 2024, but his release will save the Raiders at least $8.2 million against the salary cap. His expected exit is unsurprising from a football perspective, however, with Las Vegas already committing lucrative money to No. 1 receiver Davante Adams and last offseason signing fellow wideout Jakobi Meyers to a three-year contract.

A fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2019, Renfrow quickly emerged as a reliable slot target in the Raiders’ offense, eclipsing 600 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons. He earned his first career Pro Bowl nod in 2021, leading the team with 103 catches for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns. But injuries limited him to just 10 games the following year, and after Meyers’ arrival, he saw an even more limited role in 2023.

Garoppolo, meanwhile, just arrived via free agency last offseason but was not long for the starting quarterback job, appearing in six games before his indefinite demotion. He’s set to serve a two-game suspension to start 2024, and has essentially already been replaced in Las Vegas by the club’s recent deal with journeyman Gardner Minshew.

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