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Report: Raiders more than $25 million over projected cap figure

ESPN reported earlier this month that the Raiders were $11 million over the projected salary cap for 2012. Now comes a report from ProFootballTalk.com that the Raiders are more than $25 million over the expected figure.
The ProFootballTalk.com report pegs the Raiders at $145.7 million for their top 51 salaried players, the ones who count toward the cap for now. The projected cap is slightly more than $120 million, much the same as last season.
By comparison, the Super Bowl champion New York Giants are the next most-cash-strapped team, at more than $129 million for their top 51 players.
As daunting as it seems, the Raiders still can get under the cap without much heavy lifting by the time they are required to do so, March 13, the day free agency starts.
For example, the Raiders could get quarterback Carson Palmer to restructure a contract that calls for him to earn $12.5 million in 2012 so that his cap hit drops to $2 million, in exchange for more money down the road, perhaps another year tacked on to his deal, too.
They also could get defensive tackle Richard Seymour to do the same thing, lessening by quite a bit his $15 million tag for 2012.
Finally, they can carry over $3.23 million in leftover cap room from 2011, which would cut into the $25 million with the stroke of the pen and a notification to the league office.
It isn’t pretty on paper, sure, but the Raiders never have had an issue finding creative ways to free up cap room. Some of those same people remain in the organization. It’s just that, they are going to have to work harder and longer this season than they did, say, two years ago.
In other words, expect to hear a ton of gloom and doom in the coming days, only to learn that the Raiders reached cap compliance by March 13 without the sky falling.

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  • CJ Legend 34

    Kelly is going to restructure his contract. I think we try to keep Kelly unless they go to a 3-4 defense then he is gone in search of a true nose guard.

    I would not care either way. He is just as much as a waste as Seymour. Our D-line trys to be hard but they are soft man. Only good for dumb penalties.

  • DutchRaider77

    I’ll keep Pryor for peanuts over shelling out $2-4 million per season for Orton as #2 QB
    *******************
    A vet needs to be brought in to compete with Pryor in camp and preseason, if Pryor proves he can play in that time frame, the vet can be cut loose, but it would be a mistake to just hand Pryor the reigns as the backup when he has taken exactly 1 snap in the NFL

    ______________________________________________________

    Garrard?

  • DMAC

    I’m down w/ Gerrard, but will he be healthy?

  • Carl Weathers

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    Kelly is going to restructure his contract. I think we try to keep Kelly unless they go to a 3-4 defense

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Hybrid defense coming to a Raider game near you!

  • bcz24

    DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    I’m down w/ Gerrard, but will he be healthy
    *************
    He has said in multiple interviews that he will be ready by camp

  • DMAC

    bcz24 Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    I’m down w/ Gerrard, but will he be healthy
    *************
    He has said in multiple interviews that he will be ready by camp
    =========

    If that’s the case. I’m all for Gerrard to compete w/ TP.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im a giant TP fan and cant wait to see him in Pre Season…But I know he’s been out clubbing in the city and Walnut Creek and I understand it’s his offseason but if I was him I would be working extra hard tryna prove to every1 that Im not a wideout and a QB.I just hope he’s been working out and working on his footwork..

  • RaiderRockstar

    A vet needs to be brought in to compete with Pryor in camp and preseason

    ***

    @BCZ

    I don’t think Pryor expects to be handed anything. I think he would enjoy some friendly competition.

    However, bringing in a big name like Orton or Campbell (re-signed) means they have already made up their mind on who the backup QB will be

    I think Pryor would beat out guys like Boller, McCown, Whitehurst, Garrard, Leftwich & Batch – all vet minimum guys imo

  • CJ Legend 34

    You know who I think may have the most trouble in Knapp’s zone blocking offense? Taiwan Jones.

    In preseason he did not seem to time his blocks well.
    Was all speed man!!! I recall how it took DMAC some time to work in that system as well. But before he of course hurt his foot aginst KC he was having a big game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You know who I think may have the most trouble in Knapp’s zone blocking offense? Taiwan Jones.

    In preseason he did not seem to time his blocks well.
    Was all speed man!!!

    ***

    TJones, meet Kelly Skipper

  • CJ Legend 34
  • RaiderRockstar

    Need a backup QB?

    here’s the list

    http://www.footballsfuture.com/freeagents.html

    Brees & Smith aren’t going anywhere.

    Matt Flynn will get starter money someplace (Miami?)

    I don’t want McNabb or Young.

    Orton, Campbell & Grossman too pricey

    I’ll Pryor over any of those other guys !!

    Shaun Hill & Chad Henne might be worth a look?

  • Thec

    If that’s the case. I’m all for Gerrard to compete w/ TP.

    +++++++++++

    Whomever is brought in will get beat out by TP as the #2.

    we have our backup QB, and our future starter in TP…

    TP = Future of the NATION….

    No doubts what so ever…TP will be the MAN…

  • Thec

    I’ll Pryor over any of those other guys !!

    ++++++++++

    I’ll Pryor also…

  • CJ Legend 34

    RR what do you think about John Hillis RB for the Browns serving in a RB role? He is not in a position to ask for top dollar anymore? He may be the Thunder to DMACs Lightning!

    I like cedric benson myself even though the guy is trouble he eats up yards and will punish the defense. I think he runs harder than Bush sometimes.

  • JLofty

    No way Dell.
    I bleed silver and black, it’s an infection I cannot rid myself of, but I DID NOT and still DO NOT support in any way, shape, or form, Marc Wilson and/or Jay Shroeder. Those guys sucked from day one and made me age prematurely way before my time.
    When Palmer sucks as bad as those guys I’ll be calling for his head. Carson needs to but down the ints for sure, but NOTHING I saw reminded me of MW or JS.
    Cheers,
    JLofty

  • JLofty

    Henne looked pretty good the few times I seen him play.
    Shaun Hill, not so much. Kind of suckier Jason Campbell…

  • CJ Legend 34

    Taiwan Jones Pryor….Man we have a lot of young projects. I will be glad to see when this all comes together man.

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/videos/Taiwan-Jones-Draft-Flashback/a38e22b4-b670-4f6d-b185-4f29883bb549

  • hwnrdr

    DMAC, I think the Yankees game is on a Saturday!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Chad Hennee would not be a bad back up. His feet are not great and sometimes he puts to much air under the ball but maybe he would not be a bad back up.

  • RaiderRockstar

    CJL,

    Peyton Hillis is only 26 years old and he was a BEAST in 2010. not sure what happened last year, but somebody said he sat out a few games he could have played in, which made his Browns coaches & teammates question his toughness and commitment …

    He’s fumbled 10 times in his last 23 starts – so expect BSJ to be against the move

  • CJ Legend 34

    Shaun Hill put some good games together for the Lions would be a decent back up.

  • CJ Legend 34

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    CJL,

    Peyton Hillis is only 26 years old and he was a BEAST in 2010. not sure what happened last year, but somebody said he sat out a few games he could have played in, which made his Browns coaches & teammates question his toughness and commitment …

    He’s fumbled 10 times in his last 23 starts – so expect BSJ to be against the move

    ——————————————-
    Well said…..And that is why the upside makes him an interesting prospect based on his 2010 production, and the downside..Well it is like you just said.

    Hard to imagine this guy actually made the cover of Madden. The curse continues!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The news that the Raiders have $145 million in salary cap commitments for 2012 was surprising, for a couple of reasons. First, no one really knew where the Raiders were in relation to the cap. Second, the results don’t mesh with the notion that the Raiders have a high-end team.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/29/raiders-can-clear-plenty-of-cap-space-quickly/

  • CJ Legend 34

    Maybe we can bring Nick bell out of retirement to play a back up RB role.

    I bet Vince Evans would come out of retirement as a back up QB for us. : )

  • djohnnyg

    442.RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    So who will be the next player to be discarded?

    I say TK or maybe Wimbley.

    ***

    @DMAC

    both players have agreed to restructure if we dump #55

    Is that true?

    Are you speculating?

  • RaiderRockstar

    X & DJG

    just kidding regarding Black Ricky Brown (#55)

  • djohnnyg

    #477,

    Lol. Ok. I liked the sound of it though.

  • Seymour Bush

    What has Carson accomplished for being the number 1 overall pick?
    ==================================

    Pro Bowl Q, led entire NFL in TD’s, led entire NFL in completion percentage. That was he has done. Sounds good to me….

  • Dakota

    I’ll bet Reggie is getting a kick over Raider Nation pizzing itself over an unsubstantiated PFT article which is guessing what our cap situation is.

    lmao

  • djohnnyg

    Cut Chris Johnson.

    That is a done deal.

    Heck, cut anyone and everyone on D and bring in a bunch of guys for the league minmum and add a high priced FA DL, LB, and DB.

    That should do it.

  • Dakota

    10 team MLB playoff?

    WTF? Might as well let them all in and play a round-robin!

  • djohnnyg

    I would bet $ that you could form a defense of nothing but practice squad players from other teams, give them decent coaching, and THAT team would find a way to make the stops that our 2011 D could not man up and make.

    I hate everyone and everything associated with the 2011 Raider “defense” if that’s what you wanna call that pathetic group of lame-o’s.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would bet $ that you could form a defense of nothing but practice squad players from other teams, give them decent coaching, and THAT team would find a way to make the stops that our 2011 D could not man up and make.

    I hate everyone and everything associated with the 2011 Raider “defense” if that’s what you wanna call that pathetic group of lame-o’s.

    ***

    @DJG

    we are on the same page!

  • djohnnyg

    In response to a question from a reporter as to his thoughts on the team’s execution, Bucs HC John McKay responded “I’m all in favor of it”.

    That’s how I feel about the 2011 Raider “defense”.

  • Dakota

    This is why the NFL contracts and salary cap figures should be public information.

    Imagine how many hit this site alone would give to nfl.com if they had the info we are all looking for right there for all to see?

  • RaiderRetribution

    484,

    i third the motion

  • RaiderRetribution

    all those in favor of posts 483/484/487; just say,
    “Aye!”

  • djohnnyg

    Rockstar, If Reggie and Dennis are watching tape of all the games (which i’m sure they are) than we gotta think they will come to the same conclusion.

    I think the defensive cuts alone should get us under the cap.

  • djohnnyg

    488.RaiderRetribution Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    all those in favor of posts 483/484/487; just say,
    “Aye!”

    I’ll help chip in for a billboard…

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  • raiderzmaverick

    What the heck…I just posted and it didn’t show up.

  • Dakota

    Maverick,

    You either used a banned word, posted a prohibited link, or your post was a complete duplicate of what you said already on this blog post.

    You might be surprised as which words are banned….for a while you couldn’t say “shoes”!

  • Dakota

    You can’t say Ob@ma.

  • Dakota
  • r8eray

    We’re back up?

  • r8eray

    I’m just waiting for someone to mention Hines Ward….

  • Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Raider Nation-Station

    NEW!~ 02-29-12: COMBAT BEY
    “Football is like war. WR Darrius Heyward Bey is like Paul Warfield. They all share similarities and one commonality. Their technique doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to work.”

    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​raider_huddle

    ——–

    Bey the next Warfield? I’d be down with that…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Here is another cap story from CSN Bay Area

    Here they are trying to give the Base salary and the cap number. Usually the base salary is what you can save when you cut if it is not guaranteed. The other part of the Cap is usually previously given money like a roster or signing bonus. Kevin Boss we were arguing over did not have a 4.75 million cap number but a 2 million number. It turns out that 2 million is his base salary while 4.75 million is his cap hit if this article can be believed.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/raiders-talk/post/Which-big-contracts-will-Raiders-restruc?blockID=660696&feedID=2801

  • jesusraiderjim

    Ok Ray i’ll bite. Hines Ward. His best days may be behind him but his veteran leadership and killer instinct would not hurt our recievers at all. He would probably want too much $$$. IMO