ALAMEDA -- The Raiders reduced their glut at punter and quarterback Sunday by releasing Chris Kluwe and waiving fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson.

The club also announced it had claimed two players on waivers, guard Antoine McClain and defensive tackle Brian Sanford.

The Raiders had no media availability Sunday, so coach Dennis Allen was not available for comment.

With Wilson, the Raiders gained an unwelcome distinction: He was the highest pick in the 2013 NFL draft to fail to make a 53-man roster. Taken at No. 112 overall out of Arkansas, Wilson played well in rookie camp, minicamps and organized team activities but quickly fell behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin on the depth chart during training camp.

As Wilson's practice time dwindled behind Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and McGloin, so did his chance to play in the exhibition season. He didn't play at all in the second and third games. His passing line was 11 of 18 for 93 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. McGloin was 20 of 35 for a team-high 279 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Wilson, who received a $491,000 signing bonus, could be added to the practice squad should he clear waivers, although it would seem a team in need of quarterback help would be intrigued by a fourth-round draft pick.


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Kluwe's release makes Marquette King, a first-year player out of Fort Valley State, the successor to NFL all-time leading punter Shane Lechler, who joined the Houston Texans as a free agent in the offseason. King averaged 53.6 yards per punt on seven punts with a 45.3 net, while Kluwe had a 46.6 average on seven punts with a 37.4 net.

King also apparently alleviated any fears Allen had about his ability to be a placekick holder for Sebastian Janikowski.

McClain, 6-foot-5 and 336 pounds, spent the entire season on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens last season and made it through camp until Saturday's final cutdown. The Raiders were in need of a guard after placing Tony Bergstrom on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Sanford, 6-2, 280, has spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and been active for only six games. He played in one game last season before being placed on the injured reserve list and was in five games in 2011.

Both waiver claims were not drafted. McClain played at Clemson and Sanford at Temple.

The Raiders made no announcements regarding their practice squad, but wide receiver Greg Jenkins and guard Lamar Mady indicated on their Twitter accounts they will be back.

The practice squad will be announced Monday when the team begins preparations to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 8.

Defensive end David Bass, a seventh-round draft pick who was waived Saturday, was claimed by the Chicago Bears and put on their 53-man roster.