We’re just days away from the start of the 2021 NFL season but teams are still tweaking their rosters a but. For the Las Vegas Raiders, those tweaks have led to a surprise cut on Monday.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Raiders waiving second-year linebacker Tanner Muse. And on his 25th birthday no less.
Muse has had a hard time getting his NFL career off the ground, unfortunately. He missed his entire rookie season last year with a toe injury.
But he seemed to be turning a corner heading into 2021. Muse received starter reps in training camp and was apparently lighting it up on special teams too.
Now that he’s hit the waiver wire, he could be scooped up by another team with a hole at linebacker or on special teams.
A surprise: The #Raiders are waiving linebacker Tanner Muse, source said.
Muse was a third-round pick out of Clemson in 2020. Missed his entire rookie season because of a toe injury, but took starter reps throughout camp and was a core special teamer.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 6, 2021
Tanner Muse played safety at Clemson from 2015 to 2019. He was a two-time All-ACC selection and a third-team All-American in 2019. Muse won two national titles with the Tigers in 2016 and 2018.
During his career, Muse had 191 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, seven interceptions and 14 passes defended.
The Las Vegas Raiders were impressed enough in 2020 to take Muse in the third round (100th overall) of the draft.
But an injury kept Muse off the field for his entire rookie season. He has yet to make his NFL debut.
We can only hope that Muse is able to find another team and get his career off the ground.