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Raiders Release Safety Gibril Wilson; DE Edwards and WR Curry

The Raiders dumped safety Gibril Wilson Friday, one year after making him the third-highest paid safety in the game. The team likely moved quickly after giving All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha a mega-deal on Thursday, and decided that Wilson wasn’t worth the time for the money he was getting paid, though he was okay in 2008.

Wilson is owed a $4.5 million roster bonus. He signed a six-year, $39 million deal last offseason. It seems to be strictly a cost-cutting move, since Wilson is coming of a solid season. The fifth-year pro registered a career-high 134 tackles, two interceptions and 1 1/2 sacks in 16 games.

A fifth-round pick of the New York Giants in 2004, Wilson has 499 tackles, 13 interceptions and 7 1/2 sacks in 68 games with the Giants and Raiders.

The Raiders also released defensive end Kalimba Edwards and wide receiver Ronald Curry.

Edwards, a seven-year veteran, had five sacks in 14 games. He spent the previous seven years of his career with the Detroit Lions.

A seventh-round pick by Oakland in 2002, Curry caught 19 passes for 181 yards and a pair of scores in 13 games.

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