Raiders News: Johnathan Abram claimed by Green Bay Packers over waivers
Johnathan Abram is reuniting with Rich Bisaccia.
According to multiple reports, the Green Bay Packers claimed the safety waiver on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, in an unexpected move, the Raiders released Abram. He was the 27th overall pick in the 2019 draft and was the Raiders’ compensation in the trade of Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.
Bisaccia is Green Bay’s special teams coach and he served as the Raiders’ special teams coach and interim head coach last year.
Before the season, the Raiders turned down the fifth-year option on Abram and he was expected to be a free agent after that season. Now, it will be waived on Wednesday and available to all teams. If he clears the waivers, he’ll be a free agent. Abram is likely to wear another uniform soon. The Raiders reportedly tried to trade Abram before the season and up until the Nov. 1 trade deadline. Because he was cut before the end of his contract, he will not be part of the comp selection formula.
Abram has always been a hard hitter and a serious player. But he struggled to cover and he had discipline issues on the pitch, often making silly mistakes. However, this new staff gave him a chance to win and he started the first six games of the season.
On Wednesday, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said it wasn’t an easy decision to cut Abram.
“When we make those choices and those decisions, there’s a lot that goes into him,” McDaniels said. “Obviously we’re in all the practices, all the meetings, all the game movies and everything. And like I said, his role had kind of changed a bit. His playing time was going down a bit at because of what we did and how we did it. And so, like I said, there’s never a perfect answer. There’s never just one thing that makes the decision final or no, it’s just the number of things that we’re looking at and evaluating and trying to figure out if it would be best to make a change at this point. Go ahead and go with some of the younger guys. Give them the opportunity to play and move forward and really move forward at this point.
Abram’s playing time in defense has gone down in recent weeks. He only played 32 snaps in Jacksonville. The Raiders are using Duron Harmon and Tre’von Moehrig as starting safeties. They have Roderic Teamer and Matthias Farley as backups and on Wednesday, as expected, they promoted undrafted rookie Isaiah Pola-Mao from the practice squad to replace Abram.