Taiwan Jones was one of the longest tenured Raiders entering 2017, one of the few acquired by late owner Al Davis.
The Raiders released Jones on Thursday morning, a league source said, concluding his six-year run with the club.
The running back turned defensive back turned running back (again) carved a niche on special teams as a gunner and quality cover man.
He wasn’t an offensive asset, pushing him firmly on the roster bubble. It burst just before camp.
The San Francisco native and Antioch Deer Valley High alum was a popular locker room presence during his time in Oakland. His speed was always attractive, but durability and ball security issues dectracted from more positive traits.
Jones had just five offensive touches last season and just eight kickoff returns. Cordarrelle Patterson is an All-Pro returner and an excellent gunner. Johnny Holton also serves as a speedy cover man on special teams.
Releasing Jones now gives him a full preseason to latch on with another team.
Only long snapper Jon Condo and kicker Sebastian Janikowksi remain on the roster from the Al Davis era.
The Raiders now sit one player below the 90-man roster limit, a vacancy that should be filled soon.
ESPN first reported the news.