Lombardi: Raiders will likely cut the Cable

If Tom Cable had a coaching seat with the Raiders, it would be described as hot. But with his coaching future in Oakland both undecided and very much in doubt, Cable is like a kite in the wind — he’s flying free but still tethered to the Raiders.

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi cited a league source in writing Monday that Cable is unlikely to return to the Raiders. But the Raiders hold a two-year option on Cable, giving owner Al Davis two weeks — until Jan. 17 — to notify Cable whether it plans to exercise the options for 2011 and ’12 at $2.5 million per season.

“Right now, he’s in limbo, and in limbo he’ll reside for two more weeks as the owner of the Raiders takes time to look over the landscape of the NFL and decide if he wants Cable back, or perhaps another move,” Lombardi told “NFL Total Access.” “My money is on another move.”

Even Cable recently estimated his chances of returning at 50-50. He delivered the Raiders’ first non-losing season since 2002, but it might not have been enough to save his job.

But the question is should it be enough?

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