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Raiders Release Marcus Peters (Benched) And Roderic Teamer (Arrested)

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The Las Vegas Raiders made the decision to release cornerback Marcus Peters on Monday, following his benching during the first half of a 31-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Additionally, safety Roderic Teamer was waived after being arrested and charged with DUI and speeding two days prior.

“Yeah, it’s always difficult when you have to release a player,” Raiders interim coach Antonio Pierce said in his weekly news conference Monday. “That conversation, I don’t look forward to. Hate it. Hate it. It’s not good. It’s not a good feeling.

“Me and MP had some good conversations throughout this entire process. I was the linebacker coach when he first got here. On and off the field, [he’s] somebody I respect as a person. I respect what he’s done in this game. He’s professional, but it’s a business. We’re all going to get cut. We’re all going to get fired. Get hired to get fired, right? So, he understands that; I understand that. It’s part of business that we all hate for ourselves.”

Peters, a ninth-year veteran, had signed a one-year, $3 million free agent contract with guarantees and a roster bonus, aiming to provide leadership to the secondary. Despite notable plays, such as a 75-yard pick-six against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 30, Peters faced criticism for dropped interceptions and missed tackles throughout the season. His removal from the field during the Chiefs game followed a particularly impactful missed tackle, leading to a sideline conversation with defensive coordinator Richard Smith.

After a halftime departure from the field and a beanie-clad presence on the sideline for the second half, Peters left the locker room before media access. In his extensive career, Peters, a two-time first-team All-Pro, has accumulated 33 interceptions, with a standout rookie season in 2015 earning him the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year title.

Jack Jones replaced Peters at cornerback against the Chiefs after being claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots two weeks earlier.

As for Teamer, he was arrested on Saturday night on his way to the team hotel, facing charges of “DUI of alcohol and/or controlled or prohibited substance” and a “basic speeding violation.” Both charges are categorized as misdemeanors. Teamer, aged 26, had recently returned from injured reserve, having appeared in six games before his arrest. In 2020, he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Defensive coordinator Richard Smith conveyed a message to the team, emphasizing the importance of making smart decisions in the aftermath of Teamer’s release.

“I think it goes for all of us,” Pierce said. “The ultimate respect for Teamer as a person, got to know him well, I had a lot of good conversations with him. I wish him the best, sometimes it’s wrong timing, bad timing, and this is one of those cases. Decided to move forward.

“But I think all our guys need to understand this — whatever you do on and off the field affects the decision that’s going to be made in this building, and we’re going to do the best to protect the brand, the shield and the Raiders organization.”

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