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Oakland Raiders' defensive end #99 Greg Ellis answers questions from the media after the team's first training camp practice at their facility in Napa, Calif, on the Thursday July 30, 2009 (Anda Chu/Staff)

Veteran wide receiver Javon Walker and veteran defensive end Greg Ellis were released by the Raiders on Monday, according to league records, as part of the team's offseason makeover.

The Raiders gained a roster spot by releasing Walker but failed to save any money because Walker's $2.6 million salary was guaranteed. Parting ways with Ellis saves the Raiders $2.5 million.

Cutting Walker, 31, closes the book on a free-agent signing that yielded only 15 catches for 196 yards and one touchdown during his two seasons. Ankle and knee injuries necessitated surgery and limited his playing time.

Raiders coach Tom Cable so soured on Walker's ability to help the league's 29th-ranked passing attack that he buried him on the bench for all but three games last season.

Oakland's signing of Ellis, 34, before last season qualifies as a major success. He tied for the team lead with seven sacks despite being limited by knee and shoulder injuries.

It's possible that Ellis will be asked back before training camp if his health improves and no other team signs him to a contract, a person familiar with the situation said.

In other news, former Raiders right offensive tackle Cornell Green signed with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. The Raiders had no interest in signing the unrestricted free agent.

Green, 33, started 38 games during his three seasons with the Raiders. However, he also was one of the league's most-penalized linemen during that time and he is considered past his prime.


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The Raiders intend to let Khalif Barnes, Langston Walker and Erik Pears compete for the vacancy during training camp.