An NFC North team did the Las Vegas Raiders a massive favor on Wednesday.

The Raiders released offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.

And this should thrill the Raiders’ front office. Because the Bears claimed Leatherwood off waivers, it means they’re on the hook for the rest of his contract. That means Las Vegas will save $5.9 million in dead cap space.

That’s not a massive amount of cap space, but it gives the Raiders some additional room to work with this season. Inevitably, there will be some in-season additions to the roster. And since they have an extra $5.9 million in dead money, the Raiders will have some breathing room when it comes to the salary cap.

They should definitely thank the Bears for that.

As for Leatherwood. He played extremely poorly for the Raiders at tackle last season. And he wasn’t much better at guard, though that’s where he should probably play long-term. Moving on from him was an easy decision for the Las Vegas front office — especially since the new regime didn’t draft him.

The former Alabama standout will hope that a change of scenery can get his career on the right track.

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