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Raiders Cut QB Heath Shuler

June 18, 1999 GMT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) _ Quarterback Heath Shuler, a college star who has had little success in the NFL, has been waived by his second team in less than four months.

The Oakland Raiders cut Shuler on Thursday on the eve of a three-day minicamp. Shuler was cut by the New Orleans Saints in late February and signed by the Raiders as a free agent.

Shuler, who did not play last season because of a torn toe ligament, has been hobbled since crushing bones in his left foot in a game at Oakland on Nov. 9, 1997. He started nine games for the Saints in 1997, passing for 1,288 yards but throwing just two touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

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Shuler, who finished second in the 1993 Heisman Trophy balloting after passing for 4,088 yards in two seasons at Tennessee, was the third overall pick of the 1994 draft by the Washington Redskins.

But Redskins fans turned against Shuler because of his 13-day holdout while negotiating a $19 million contract with Washington, and because of his poor play and fumbles. A shoulder injury led to him losing the starting job to Gus Frerotte.

Shuler was traded to the Saints in April 1997 for two draft picks.

The Raiders also announced Thursday that they have waived defensive tackle Ta’ase Faumui and signed defensive end Ferric Collons, who played for the Raiders in 1992-93 and for the New England Patriots in 1995-98.

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