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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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  • Just Fire Baby

    Palmer and Carlisle are leaders, and will lead this team to the AFC West title.

    Carlisle + Palmer + Lechler = 2012 Team Captains

  • Method To My Madness

    Robert Carson Palmer= 15-21 record in dec/jan games in his career….so what does that mean? Palmer doesnt finish strong for real when it counts. Just gets empty stats that confuses some as elite QB play. Now you gonna put him in an offense that surely doesnt fit him……someone mentioned him in WCO under Hackett which was a savage joke. If you dont have pro bowl skill position players around Palmer he is below average….the noption of some on this blog who lie and say Palmer can carry a team is ajoke. He never has and never will…..go all the way back to HS….this guy isnt a championship qb….I always am on alert of a QB who sucked all the way through until his Senior year of college when he had super horses all around him….puhleeze spare me…..we dont have a qb still…you are better off trying to go in and out quickly at the DMV off 87th in Oakland than seeing this guy ever win a title as a starter

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    And the meeting at Oakland City Hall was great!
    ============================

    As for your comments here, lst off, thank you Bri for going. 2ndly, I never like De la Fuente, but dude has a point. Other than the W’s, where are these teams going to go? The W’s will unfortunately move back to SF. There is too much pull for them to put a arena down by Butt Pack Park. As for the Raiders, they aren’t going anywhere, and Lew Wolff is a Hall of Morons lst ballot inductee. Wolff is now trying to play nice with Oakland A’s fan, Oakland A’s player, and MLB. Even if he got the go ahead from the league, which he won’t, the Giants and the City of Oakland would sue him, and tie the deal up in court for at least 10 years. The Five Blind Boys of Alabama can see that sh** coming. Why can’t Woff?

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:34 am
    Palmer and Carlisle are leaders, and will lead this team to the AFC West title.

    Carlisle + Palmer + Lechler = 2012 Team Captains
    ********************************

    Lechler is just a punter…..Carlisle is soft and garbage and is 35………Palmer is a surfer boy punk who grew up rich and feels entitled to things…..quit in Cincy….leaders never quit under any circumstance

  • Just Fire Baby

    Palmer’s winning % in November, Dec and Jan is almost doubled that of Soup’s.

    So if we had hope to winning games past Thanksgiving the last two years, we should have even more hope next season.

  • DutchRaider77

    leaders never quit under any circumstance
    ____________________________________________________

    @Method
    No Vince Young signing?

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Robert Carson Palmer= 15-21 record in dec/jan games in his career….so what does that mean?
    ====================================

    Football is the ultimate team game. If he were on the Pittsburgh Squealers or the Dallas Cowgirls or another stalwart franchise I would agree. But he was an overall number one on the Bungholes which meant he joined a poor quality unbelievably dysfunctional franchise. I have a hard time putting that all on him and calling him a loser. Especially since his defenses were very suspect. Kind of like us last year.

  • Method To My Madness

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:28 am
    No way…Palmer is awful…
    ===========================

    Palmer is not awful pal. Come to your senses.
    **********************************

    Haha…quitter…since coming into NFL no one has thrown more pick sixes….never won a playoff game….slow ass molasses cemented feet bum….will not evade pressure……no dog in his soul….tried to be a frontrunner last year with Hue Crapson as his cuddle buddy and sure to have given a good word for TJ Douchemanzadeh. Help lead a 3 game losing streak and losing 4 out of last 5 games to fizzle away AFC West title……..yeah a fkin leader….get outta here

  • Just Fire Baby

    Career record in November and December

    Jason Campbell

    11-24, 31% winning percentage

    Carson Palmer

    29-26, 52% winning percentage

    We are in a much better shape for 2012, than the last two years, at QB.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Method how the hell are you brother !!
    missed you in here the last few days.

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:37 am
    Palmer’s winning % in November, Dec and Jan is almost doubled that of Soup’s.

    So if we had hope to winning games past Thanksgiving the last two years, we should have even more hope next season.
    **********************8888

    JC wasnt even mentioned so again it shows you have nada for me…JC is gone and I keep saying I DONT WANT HIM BACK….so please find someone else to spew that filthy argument to……After Thanksgiving weekend…Raiders went 1 for 5 in 2011……try again Vegas

  • Just Fire Baby

    I just don’t remember this type of concern of not having a winner at QB the last two years.

    Campbell never made the playoffs, or even really sniffed them, and thus neither did we with two years here.

    Palmer has at least been to the playoffs, and I predict we will win our division next year.

  • DutchRaider77

    I always am on alert of a QB who sucked all the way through until his Senior year of college when he had super horses all around him….puhleeze spare me

    _____________________________________________________

    Funny, never heard you say this about Jason Campbell at Auburn?

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jason-campbell-1.html

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:41 am
    Career record in November and December

    Jason Campbell

    11-24, 31% winning percentage

    Carson Palmer

    29-26, 52% winning percentage

    We are in a much better shape for 2012, than the last two years, at QB.
    *****************************88

    Again we mentioning JC shows a big insecurity and obsession with the guy. JC is gone Vegas…is that difficult for you to grasp?

    Notice I put up his Dec/Jan record and all Vegas can do is put in the niovember with december? Did he just talk about past Thanksgiving? Doesnt that exclude November then? HAHAHAHAHAHA….Vegas try again….that was too easy for me to kill….you outta know better than to try and play me like one of the other lackeys on here

  • Seymour Bush

    Haha…quitter…since coming into NFL no one has thrown more pick sixes….never won a playoff game….slow ass molasses cemented feet bum….will not evade pressure……no dog in his soul…
    ========================================

    Wouldn’t agree with any of that. Maybe the pick sixes part, but the fact is since I have been watching Raiders games, which is probably much longer than most, Palmer is HEAD AND SHOULDERS BETTER than ANYTHING we have had here. EVER. Unless as Al Davis’s final act he left us with some super cryonic being that I don’t know about who is yet to be unveiled.

  • Method To My Madness

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:45 am
    I always am on alert of a QB who sucked all the way through until his Senior year of college when he had super horses all around him….puhleeze spare me

    _____________________________________________________

    Funny, never heard you say this about Jason Campbell at Auburn?

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jason-campbell-1.html
    ************************

    You guys mentioning JC….now I see what Mistic is talking about with yall…JC isnt here as of now…he isnt coming back….what about that are you missing?

  • Method To My Madness

    And Dutch…we didnt give up a King’s ransom for Palmer and paying him 12.5 million this year? Get back to me on that….thanks buddy

  • Just Fire Baby

    We keep bringing up Campbell, because nobody heard the concern at QB with you last year, and Palmer is clearly a better more accomplished QB.

  • R8ER MIKE

    ?? Method. if not CP3. then who?

  • Method To My Madness

    Dutch whats even more funny…guess who played in bowl games in their career since you wanna go in on JC?

  • Method To My Madness

    Dutch…go on that same site…and see Auburn every year JC played was in a bowl game…..you forget about that buddy?

  • DutchRaider77

    You guys mentioning JC….now I see what Mistic is talking about with yall…JC isnt here as of now…he isnt coming back….what about that are you missing?

    ______________________________________________________

    Wow, we are talking about your posts from last year during the offseason. When you talked about JC getting another chance, JC being on notice and about JC having to prove himself. That JC is our QB and that isn’t going to change.

    Why cannot you give Palmer the same chance?

    Heck, If Palmer was traded and JC was resigned I wouldn’t be upset.

  • bcz24

    Palmer was also promised things by the Bengal organization that they never delivered on, and he stuck it out for 8 years. Hard for me to call that a quitter. I am not going to argue with B though, you could tell him the sky is blue, show him a picture and he would still argue with you.

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    We keep bringing up Campbell, because nobody heard the concern at QB with you last year, and Palmer is clearly a better more accomplished QB.
    ******************************

    You mean no concern at this point in 2011 going into March? Well considering the QB then was JC who didnt lose back to back games..led a win streak and went undefeated in division as well as winning season finale on the road….winning record as starter

    What has Carson accomplished for being the number 1 overall pick? Dont answer because all you will do is make a fkin excuse for that Rich boy

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness

    Regarding:

    Again we mentioning JC shows a big insecurity and obsession with the guy. JC is gone Vegas…is that difficult for you to grasp?…

    ********************
    Mentioning JC for comparison is not insecurity but realism. We are not going to get Drew Brees or even one of the great rookie QBs in the draft this year. We have to compare CP to realistic alternatives. Would I rather have Drew Brees or some other pro-bowl QB over CP – yes! But you have to compare apples to apples.

  • Thec

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    February 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    Random Drug Tester Says:
    February 28th, 2012 at 10:21 pm
    My Beliefs:

    1) RMR – Senior Moderator of the Blog (this is his job)
    2) Trolls – other MODS just stirring the pot.
    3) This Blog is now going to die because the MODS thought they were more important than the honest, insightful, genuine Raider fan commenters that made this blog interesting and informative as opposed to a stupid, argumentative, soap opera.

    Shame on you IBA.

    +++++++++++++

    SOLID POST, AGREE !00%

  • PurpleDrank81

    I’ll defintely be looking at alot more Oklahoma tape next year and maybe some USC….

    Landry Jones for 2013

  • Thec

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    February 28th, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    and another thing…Live chat should defer to regular posters on this blog as opposed to answering the same questions over and over while ignoring questions from blog participants.

    You (Cork & Jerry) need to start earning this success, because it is quickly going away with the EFFORT you guys have been giving it.

    +++++++++

    Another moment of “TRUTH”…
    This blog is made by the Semi Pro’s who post daily, and yet newbies and novices get run on the live chats. I don’t really mind as i don’t attend the live spout off’s however, for the Semi’s that do, they should get pref over the rooks IMO….

  • hwnrdr

    344.Method To My Madness Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:24 am
    And the meeting at Oakland City Hall was great! Lot of passionate East Bay folks got on the mic as did the B@uce. They definitely has people who wanna get in bed with that project….especially encouraging seeing HKS Inc. wants to be involved in building the 3 sports venues in Oakland. Them putting up their bid to the city shows someone knows this is a chance at a big money maker. HKS built Lucas Oil Stadium and Jerry’s World….the last two SB sites….as well as the new Barclay Center in Brooklyn opening up this fall…..I believe next Tuesday night the committee will vote on authorization for the predevelopment stuff and the environmental thing a ma jigs lol……very cool. I wasnt exactly popular when I objected to a proposed A’s site off the 980 in West Oakland but oh well.

    Thing is this for sure…The Raiders want a new stadium right where they are at now. The Raiders do not wanna leave Oakland due to its location and roots here…….The Warriors want a new arena and keeping SF open as an option if one cant get done in Oakland……..A’s werent even willing to work with the City Council especially at Victory Court by Jack London…but it was admitted that the City wasnt moving fast enough which is a damn shame. Lew Wolff purposely sabotaging team but once the SJ deal falls through, just like when he owned the Warriors in the 80s, he will sell the team. Its a win for us because we can get rid of his ass and keep the team in Oakland.

    The arrogance of Ignacio Delafuente pissed me off some….saying we got all the leverage….its that attitude of not being proactive that has hurt this place…Oakland cant be reactive so much. I told the panel this is a chance to make Oakland better for the future and have some vision dammit to give the area some extreme pride

    B, that is good news!!! And Screw Wolfe!!!

  • Method To My Madness

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:54 am
    You guys mentioning JC….now I see what Mistic is talking about with yall…JC isnt here as of now…he isnt coming back….what about that are you missing?

    ______________________________________________________

    Wow, we are talking about your posts from last year during the offseason. When you talked about JC getting another chance, JC being on notice and about JC having to prove himself. That JC is our QB and that isn’t going to change.

    Why cannot you give Palmer the same chance?

    Heck, If Palmer was traded and JC was resigned I wouldn’t be upset.
    ***********************

    Dutch….you been drinking early?….scroll up and see when last year for JC was mentioned by me? It didnt get mentioned until Vegas Raider said it after I lamblasted Palmer because he has no ammo for me on this topic so all he can do is go back to last year with JC which obviously makes his look worse since the team was better under JC and he outdid his lover Gradkowski lol…..you guys just stop because I am routin your asses on this.

    Palmer doesnt deserve a chance….he quit and tried to jump on ours as a frontrunner in middle of season because he were in first and had DMAC with young WRs….and whats worse is Palmer is now in an offense that doesnt even fit him…disaster

  • Thec

    JFB, hopefully we are square…

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:56 am
    Madness

    Regarding:

    Again we mentioning JC shows a big insecurity and obsession with the guy. JC is gone Vegas…is that difficult for you to grasp?…

    ********************
    Mentioning JC for comparison is not insecurity but realism. We are not going to get Drew Brees or even one of the great rookie QBs in the draft this year. We have to compare CP to realistic alternatives. Would I rather have Drew Brees or some other pro-bowl QB over CP – yes! But you have to compare apples to apples.
    *************************

    No because JC wasnt eventhe topic….Carson was and him going forward in 2012 withthe WCO…..scroll up my friend and see thats what I was getting at….see from the time I posted…all I talked about is future….JC is in the past and will be with another team….and this blog has seen my posts saying I dont want him back as well if we are indeed going anew

    And comparing JC body of work in Oakland to Palmers…well we know who wins that lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    what happened in Ohio is a tragedy, and I don’t think we should joke about it. I’m a father, and I don’t want people making fun of an incident that involves an injury or death to my children.
    I don’t know the pain these parent are feeling (I hope I never find out), but I can understand.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Yes sir, when we cross paths, first few rounds are on me

  • Method To My Madness

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:47 am
    Haha…quitter…since coming into NFL no one has thrown more pick sixes….never won a playoff game….slow ass molasses cemented feet bum….will not evade pressure……no dog in his soul…
    ========================================

    Wouldn’t agree with any of that. Maybe the pick sixes part, but the fact is since I have been watching Raiders games, which is probably much longer than most, Palmer is HEAD AND SHOULDERS BETTER than ANYTHING we have had here. EVER. Unless as Al Davis’s final act he left us with some super cryonic being that I don’t know about who is yet to be unveiled.
    ************************************

    HA…wouldnt agree? Oh okay Palmer evades pressure….he never quit in Cincy and he definitely has dog in his soul as he showed with cincy lmao…Glenny you are a riot

  • Just Fire Baby

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

    *************************

    He has accomplished being a ten year NFL starter, and a QB who took the Bengals to the playoffs twice (easier said than done).

    Is he one of the best #1 overall’s? Absolutely not, and probably has been a slight disappointment on the whole.

    But the guy can play, win games, and will lead us to the division title next year. I have all the confidence in the world in that.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Doug Jolley is currently a math teacher at Sunset Ridge Middle School in West Jordan, Utah.
    $$$$$$$$$
    LOL
    We stuck it to the Jets. Lmao
    We Stuck it to the Texans with the Philip B trade.

    Al had his moments.

  • Thec

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Yes sir, when we cross paths, first few rounds are on me

    ++++++++

    Actually they should be on me, no excuse for what went down…Was not stand up…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness

    Regarding your other posts.
    I don’t buy the idea that Knapp is going to install a pure WCO system that make CP ineffective. I think he is a better OC than that. I also think that CP is excited – already working with players and is going to take an active role in making this offense work this year. This is a new start for him. While this team may have a record that you predict, I do not think it will because of Knapp. It will be because the defense has no talent after it is gutted and because DMAC did not get on the field enough because of recurring injuries.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Twenty five over under, we still want to read that the bums got cut.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And comparing JC body of work in Oakland to Palmers…well we know who wins that lol

    ************************

    What, by 1 game?

    Palmer was 4-5 in his first 9 starts, Soup was 5-4 (sandwiched around two benchings).

  • Method To My Madness

    Bcz24 Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 11:55 am
    Palmer was also promised things by the Bengal organization that they never delivered on, and he stuck it out for 8 years. Hard for me to call that a quitter. I am not going to argue with B though, you could tell him the sky is blue, show him a picture and he would still argue with you.
    *****************************

    That last little bit about the sky being blue can also be used against you Palmer supporters….you have seen with your own eyes how much this guy sucks……Cincy gets a rookie QB starts winning games…trade Robert Carson to us and gets extra picks to build them into a contender for the next 2 seasons…..mind you after he quit on them….you wouldnt call that being a quitter? Retiring and not showing up period because you dont like the team you are on? People do holdouts but then they bring their asses back….Osi did it and won a title…go figure…he didnt quit….Palmer did….you guys are excusing his cowardice and its sad

  • 1960AutumnWind

    JFB

    Palmer did that without DMAC! Big difference…

  • raiderinparadise

    Al is such a loser. He left oakland up in flames ….. those numbers are scary.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    Al is such a loser. He left oakland up in flames ….. those numbers are scary.

    ****************
    Al was always reload and win now and hope for that uncapped year in order to make it all right. I liked that about him but now it is kind of a bummer.

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    And comparing JC body of work in Oakland to Palmers…well we know who wins that lol

    ************************

    What, by 1 game?

    Palmer was 4-5 in his first 9 starts, Soup was 5-4 (sandwiched around two benchings).
    ********************************

    Did JC not help in turning us away from being such a cellar dwellar with 10 plus losses every year? Did JC ever have a 3 game losing streak? Did he ever lose back to back games? How many pick sixes did he throw? How many 3 INT games did he have?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I still think we gave up too much for Palmer. Way overpaid for him in draft picks, and probably salary. I also have some concerns with his gun-slinger mentality, trying to convert every 3rd and 12, even if it means winging it into double-coverage.

    But with all that being said, he is way better than what we have had the last 5-6 years, is a streaky QB, and when he is hot, he is absolutely lights out.

    I will take the good with the bad next year, and see you haters at our home playoff game next season!!!

  • DMAC

    B,
    Like you said. The past is the past.
    We’re entering a new era of Oakland Raider football.
    We’ll have to wait and see whats in store for us.
    See u at the opener.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did JC not help in turning us away from being such a cellar dwellar with 10 plus losses every year?

    *************************

    Absolutely he did, and he deserves credit for that.

    Bruce triaged the Jamarcus debacle, Soup built and advanced upon what Bruce did, and now Palmer will do the same.

    Just like Cable triaged the Kiffen fiasco, Hue built and advanced, and now Allen is here to next level the situation.

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    JFB

    Palmer did that without DMAC! Big difference…
    ****************************************

    Are you paid to win games under the best circumstances or under any? Injuries happen…excuses are not accepted