He is the third member of the Raiders’ 2011 draft class to be cut this season, following CB Chimdi Chekwa, a fourth-round pick from Ohio State, and DeMarcus Van Dyke, a third-rounder from Miami. Chekwa was signed to the practice squad. Van Dyke was signed by the Steelers.
The Raiders traded a 2012 second-round draft pick to New England for third- and fourth-round picks in 2011 that they used for Barksdale and RB Taiwan Jones. Now Barksdale is gone, and Jones has fallen to third string at running back and second string at kick returner.