Raiders free agents quandary


The Raiders have a penchant for re-signing a majority of their prospective free agents. Doing so this season won’t be nearly as easy, given they have 22 such players, they are $11 million over the salary cap and there is a burning need to sign a few players in free agency.
Here is a breakdown of how new coach Dennis Allen and first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie figure to approach the daunting task of what to do with the long list:
Easy calls — Two of those names can be crossed off the list simply by offering restricted free agents Marcel Reece and Desmond Bryant one-year tenders. Both players are young, productive and won’t cost much.
The Raiders can let walk quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller, defensive end Trevor Scott, safety Jerome Boyd, cornerback Lito Sheppard, linebackers Ricky Brown, Quentin Groves and Darryl Blackstock and wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chaz Schilens.
They already have a starting quarterback in Carson Palmer and a No. 3 in Terrelle Pryor. Signing someone such as David Garrard would take care of the primary backup spot.
There is no burning need to bring back for any of the eight other veterans who are eligible to become free agents March 13.
Tough calls — Running back Michael Bush wants to be a starting running back. He realizes that isn’t apt to happen in Oakland as long as Darren McFadden is on the roster.
Therefore, Bush likely won’t be interested in a long-term contract. Given that, the Raiders have to decide whether they want to use the franchise tag on Bush, to the tune of $7.7 million or so for 2012.
McKenzie has a history of working for a team that finds unheralded running backs and develops them into productive players. He also has McFadden and Taiwan Jones on the roster.
That makes it unlikely that Bush will be franchise-tagged. If so, the only other player who might get that designation is strong safety Tyvon Branch.
It’s more likely that the Raiders will try to work out a long-term contract with Branch so that they can avoid committing a ton of money to Branch for 2012, when they need to use some of that money on other players.
Center Samson Satele was re-signed last year and started all season. It’s possible that the Raiders will switch second-year player Stefen Wisniewski from left guard to center and try someone else at guard. If not, look for Satele to be re-signed.
Toss-ups — Offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Khalif Barnes, defensive end Jarvis Moss, safety Matt Giordano and running back Rock Cartwright played key roles last season.
Re-signing any of those players likely will depend upon their willingness to return at a modest price and whether they receive better offers elsewhere.
Once Allen and McKenzie sort out this mess, then they can turn their attention toward free agents from other teams.
As of now, the Raiders are in the market for a cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker and defensive lineman. Freeing up enough cap space will be key to placing the Raiders in a position to go after some of the top-tier players expected to hit the open market next month.
That process is underway right now. The Raiders can reach cap compliance by the March 13 deadline by cutting a few more players and/or restructuring wieghty contracts of players such as Palmer, linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, cornerback Chris Johnson, defensive tackles John Henderson and Tommy Kelly and free safety Michael Huff.
Here is the entire list of Oakland’s prospective free agents:

QB Jason Campbell
QB Kyle Boller
*FB Marcel Reece
RB Michael Bush
RB Rock Cartwright
WR Chaz Schilens
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
C Samson Satele
OT Khalif Barnes
OT Stephon Heyer
*DE Desmond Bryant
DE Trevor Scott
DE Jarvis Moss
LB Ricky Brown
LB Quentin Groves
LB Darryl Blackstock
CB Lito Sheppard
CB Stanford Routt
FS Matt Giordano
SS Tyvon Branch
SS Jerome Boyd
DB Bryan McCann


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  • Method To My Madness

    Glenny…..Mista is not racist…he just hard on Ohdumma as prez

  • Method To My Madness

    Anyways…..gotta jet…be solid

  • The Big Banana

    So we signed the guy who dragged the mother of his 3 kids from a car? Reg not too concerned about keeping it classy, I see.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And people that stand in a grocery line (and hold it up) after having paid their bill, examining every line item to see if they were overcharged.


    Here in Albuquerque (The land of Manana) people sit and talk to the cashier about their cousins that knew each other from HS, what school their kids went to and on and on and on.

    And the kicker? Nobody complains!!!

    I thought I was in a parallel universe at first, now you just come to expect it.

  • Hey I like everyone…

    Except people that drive 55 in the fast lane.

    People that don’t know what they want after standing in line looking at a board menu for 5 minutes.

    And people that stand in a grocery line (and hold it up) after having paid their bill, examining every line item to see if they were overcharged.

    People at the bank, who wait until they get to the teller’s window to fill out the transaction slip.

    People that are to lazy to walk their shopping cart 50 ft. To the cart pen, and just leave it in a parking space. (This one really chaps my hide.)

    People that can’t keep they’re rugrats in check, when in public.

    People that don’t tip the bartender. (I as one for a time, back in the day.)

    Otherwise, I’m pretty easy to get along with….

  • DutchRaider77

    I hate the people who make a complete stop in the middle of the road to make a right turn or people who fail to use their turn signal!!!!!

  • Brien, are you finished? I gotta go to the store, I’ll be right back.

  • The Big Banana

    Biggest one for me is out of control kids. Control your kids, people! Just the other day at grocery store, there were 2 terrors raising he11, running around, yelling, grabbing crap.

  • Just Fire Baby

    How about the people who walk in the exit and out the enter, and pay no attention to staying to the right?

    Or the folks who stand behind you and watch you play a slot machine?

  • The Big Banana

    How about Folks approaching an intersection from opposite side and want to turn left but don’t use their blinker. You also want to turn left and have your blinker on but have to wait for them to pass. Then these goons look at you as they turn as if you’re the crazy one. Boils my blood and happens ALL THE TIME!

  • DutchRaider77

    Biggest one for me is out of control kids. Control your kids, people! Just the other day at grocery store, there were 2 terrors raising he11, running around, yelling, grabbing crap.


    My Sister was a cashier at a fancy overpriced grocery store and George Lucas’s wife came in. She was not paying attention to her kid and she was talking on her cell phone and her kid downed a whole box of liquor chocolates. Kid was messed up and she blamed my sister for not having the candies on a higher shelf.

  • The Big Banana

    Wow, I just lost some respect for Lucas.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    As a public service here is a listing of possible “out of whack” contracts from CSN Bay area. I will put an asterisk by ones I think are gone (what I predict Team management will do and + by ones I personally think need to go or restructure and reduce:

    TE Kevin Boss: due $2 million+

    RG Cooper Carlisle: due $3 million+

    LB Aaron Curry: due $5.76 million*+ (only will stay if restructures)

    FS Hiram Eugene: due $2.25 million*+

    DT John Henderson: due $4 million*+

    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: entering fourth year of five-year, $38.25-million deal with $23.5 million guaranteed (his annual hit is small at this point and much guaranteed)

    FS Michael Huff: due $16 million over next three years+

    CB Chris Johnson: due $3.5 million*+ (bye!)

    DT Tommy Kelly: due $6 million*+ (bye!)

    P Shane Lechler: due $3.8 million+ (I know hes the best but really – for a punter)

    MLB Rolando McClain: entering third year of five-year, $40-million deal with $23 million guaranteed (most hit already gone and much guaranteed)

    RB Darren McFadden: due $5.65 million

    QB Carson Palmer: due $12.5 million, with $5 million guaranteed+

    CB Stanford Routt: due $5 million, plus another $5 million “signing bonus”*+ (His day came -gone)

    DT Richard Seymour: due $7.5 million, plus another $7.5 million roster bonus (His day came and went -stay)

    LB Kamerion Wimbley: entering second year of five-year, $48 million contract, with $29 million guaranteed. ++** (Major Cap Savings) (Bye don’t let the door hit you on the way out)

  • Hardline

    Method To My Madness, #295


    Ditto that. Seems KK has a default defensive position: accusing others of being a racist or a troll.

    My answer to that is: so what ? what if I am a racist or a troll? There is nothing you can do about it. I have been accused by KK of being that already and I could care less.

    I don’t yet see a crown of moral superiority gracing KK’s head. It’s still a free country.

    The 1st Amendment protects the individual from state action to be whatever he or she wants to be, think, and say whatever he or she wants, with the exception of:

    producing obscenity for purient reasons only, which has no value to society at all;

    fighting words designed to promote immediate violence;

    incidiary words designed to promote illegal activities;

    defamatory statements known to be untrue by the perpetrator;

    false commerical statement known to be factually untrue.

  • Hardline

    BTW, any of Corky’s minions monitering the blog for transgressions, may be wise to send my posting #315 to him.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Seymour Bush Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    BrownStains, you ARE a racist pos. Hello?

    And all these year I thought he was just a POS.”

    That is funny I am seriously LMAO

  • Hardline

    KK and others of that particular ilk should be banned from this blog due to disrespect, and disparagement of individual posters, same as the posters who were banned for disrepect and disparagement regarding Al Davis, the staff and roster.

    I’ll email Corky about that idea and turn in some names and suspect posts. KK will be top of my list. You all want some moral superiority: you have it !!

  • ReeceThaBeast45

    Please everyone… Including you cork… Give TPryor a break. From what I remember he was said to have trailed Carson palmer like a puppy all year just trying to learn from him, hopefully he spends all offseason learning and practicing and comes in as true #2 QB next year ready to back up palmer at a moments notice and step in as the #1, I truly hope he does cause I want to see this kid succeed.

    And to everyone dumping on him cause he is an “AL project” just try and remember that while Al Davis did whiff on a lot of his projects, he did hit the mark on some as well. And I hope TPryor is one of em.

  • Ah, the Trolls…….we’ll never be rid of them….

  • Hardline

    KoolKell, 320

    Thanks for the post KK !!

  • Hardline

    It’s just more ammunition against those “trolls and Pos’s” fomenting personal dissension on the blog – disrespect and disparagement of individuals. Please, say some more: the more the merrier. C’mon now, let loose, sock it to me.

  • Hardline

    In case you don’t know the definition of defamation:

    A false and defamatory statement regarding an individual or entity published by one against the another to be truth.

    There are certain absolute and qualified privleges applicable to defamation which don’t apply to personal attacks on a blog.

    Remember, punitive damages are appropriate in defamation judgments and damages don’t have to be proven since they are implied.

    Anyone being accused of certain behavior and/or called certain names such as “brown stains”, “troll”, “racist” suggesting certain traits or behavior which is untrue, need only commence an action, serve discovery on Corky to obtain the offender’s IP address, in order to ascertain the offenders identity.

    From there the sky is the limit.