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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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  • 1960AutumnWind

    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?

    *************
    I liked JC too. I just don’t agree with you, I think we got really the best QBs available under the circumstances. We gave up quite a bit to get Palmer but a 4th for JC was a bargain. I do think CP is better the JC especially after watching the SD games this year. Consider this the first SD game he was on a coach not one month earlier!

  • JLofty

    Sweet mercy. We’s not STILL arguing Soup vs Palmer are we? Maybe we shuold bring Gradskowski back as the backup! That’d twist a few nips in here…

  • Method To My Madness

    ust Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    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.
    *********************8

    Grad didnt do schit….he couldnt win back to back games and got injured and couldnt end the season…..sorry that bs doesnt fly here….Grad sucks and forever will suck….get over it…he is a chump.
    Allen will get to next level when he gets a real QB

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness

    Win games no matter what. Seriously, are you really serious? Of course you have to consider what is around you. Its a team game. Otherwise I guess Tebow was one of the best QBs in the league during the mid to later half of the season while throwing 5-12 completions a game. LOL

  • Method To My Madness

    JLofty Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Sweet mercy. We’s not STILL arguing Soup vs Palmer are we? Maybe we shuold bring Gradskowski back as the backup! That’d twist a few nips in here…
    ****************

    Well if you scroll up…see the people who initiated that….I merely talked about Palmer in the WCO in 2012 and going forward in 2013 when we draft our QB of the future

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness you are killing me – now you are bringing up Gradcowski and you are on these other guys cases for bringing up JC.

  • DMAC

    Some of you have forgotten our insurance policy…

    Al Saunders (Senior Offensive Assistant)

  • Method To My Madness

    DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    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.
    *************************

    I know whats in store for 2012….rebuilding…and I’m not mad about it….we just have to do it now and be ready for future….Palmer couldnt lead a fish to water or a pedophile to the playground let alone lead us to the title

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    Madness you are killing me – now you are bringing up Gradcowski and you are on these other guys cases for bringing up JC.
    *****************

    1960….OG….i didnt bring him up….Grad’s favorite poster Vegas Raider did

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Madness

    Win games no matter what. Seriously, are you really serious? Of course you have to consider what is around you. Its a team game. Otherwise I guess Tebow was one of the best QBs in the league during the mid to later half of the season while throwing 5-12 completions a game. LOL
    **************************

    Tebow wins home playoff games….Palmer? Tebow beat Palmer head to head……Did Palmer do that to Tebow? Team and fans believe in Tebow….Palmer? Thanks for playing

  • DMAC

    I recall Reggie saying that he was going to build and not quite re-build. This off season will give us a hint of whats in store for us.

  • JLofty

    Grads would be a perfect backup for Palmer!

  • DMAC

    JLofty Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Grads would be a perfect backup for Palmer!
    ==========

    I rather roll the dice w/ TP

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness

    Bottom line we disagree – You think Palmer is going to suck next year. I think barring injuries he is going to have a good year which is defined as >60% completions >4000 yards and more TDs’ than Ints by at least 7. He will have the best year a Raider has had statistically since Gannon. If DMAC stays healthy we will have a top 7-8 offense. I think Palmer is one of the strengths of this team while you think he is some sort of scrub.

    The scary part remains the defense (after being gutted) and can DMAC stay healthy. What we get in FA will tell me a lot about the Defense. If we have an average defesne we will be a playoff team. I just not so sure about that nor am I sure about DMAC’s durability.

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    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.
    **************************

    Easier said than done? Dalton did it his first year in Cincy lol.

    No he will not lead us to a division title….he hasnt been good since 2005-2006 years…more so 2005.

    I have no confidence in Palmer nor do I in any punk ass USC qbs

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Madness

    Win games no matter what. Seriously, are you really serious? Of course you have to consider what is around you. Its a team game. Otherwise I guess Tebow was one of the best QBs in the league during the mid to later half of the season while throwing 5-12 completions a game. LOL
    **************************

    Tebow wins home playoff games….Palmer? Tebow beat Palmer head to head……Did Palmer do that to Tebow? Team and fans believe in Tebow….Palmer? Thanks for playing

    ******************
    Wow with that kind of spin – have you ever thought about politics? By the way that was home playoff Game not games!

  • Method To My Madness

    JLofty Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    Grads would be a perfect backup for Palmer!
    *********************************
    You need a backup for a real QB….so therefore we still would be screwed lol

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Madness

    Win games no matter what. Seriously, are you really serious? Of course you have to consider what is around you. Its a team game. Otherwise I guess Tebow was one of the best QBs in the league during the mid to later half of the season while throwing 5-12 completions a game. LOL
    **************************

    Tebow wins home playoff games….Palmer? Tebow beat Palmer head to head……Did Palmer do that to Tebow? Team and fans believe in Tebow….Palmer? Thanks for playing

    ******************
    Wow with that kind of spin – have you ever thought about politics? By the way that was home playoff Game not games!
    *********************************

    Wow we nitpicking typos? come on 1960 you’re better than that my friend….even as it stands….Tebow can win in playoffs…Palmer?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I have no confidence in Palmer

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

    Well I had none for Soup as well, and he slightly exceeded my expectations.

    I expect Palmer will do the same to you.

  • hwnrdr

    B, DMAC, and others…
    Not sure about Next weekends game (W’s vs Navs) because no one hsa said anything to me…
    A’s game still on?
    Come first weekend pre-season…I know who will be there and who will not!

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    B, DMAC, and others…
    Not sure about Next weekends game (W’s vs Navs) because no one hsa said anything to me…
    A’s game still on?
    Come first weekend pre-season…I know who will be there and who will not!
    ============

    I’m down for the A’s.
    We have to come up w/ a date.

  • Method To My Madness

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    Madness

    Bottom line we disagree – You think Palmer is going to suck next year. I think barring injuries he is going to have a good year which is defined as >60% completions >4000 yards and more TDs’ than Ints by at least 7. He will have the best year a Raider has had statistically since Gannon. If DMAC stays healthy we will have a top 7-8 offense. I think Palmer is one of the strengths of this team while you think he is some sort of scrub.

    The scary part remains the defense (after being gutted) and can DMAC stay healthy. What we get in FA will tell me a lot about the Defense. If we have an average defesne we will be a playoff team. I just not so sure about that nor am I sure about DMAC’s durability.
    *************************************

    I seriously doubt that…Palmer isnt good anymore…but we shall see….I’ll spend much more time in the Irish Pub than in my seat this year and also the westside clubhouse…i’m going to have fun not expecting alot of wins…Knapp and Palmer with WCO/ZBS in Oakland? Disaster

  • Method To My Madness

    anyways gotta run to lunch for a sec….holla at yall later

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Madness

    Honestly – The Ravens QB won a playoff game for crine out loud and he is terrible – this is a team sport. Tebow is a terrible QB that will eventually be moved to some sort of TE position and be relegated to some sort of wildcat offence eventually – he can’t throw consistently.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Hey by your logic Madness I guess Mark Sanchez is awesome because he has won playoff games!?

  • hwnrdr

    421.DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    hwnrdr Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    B, DMAC, and others…
    Not sure about Next weekends game (W’s vs Navs) because no one hsa said anything to me…
    A’s game still on?
    Come first weekend pre-season…I know who will be there and who will not!
    ============

    I’m down for the A’s.
    We have to come up w/ a date.

    I think Dirt Lot said he had tix for the Yankees game??

  • Just Fire Baby

    Brandon McCarthy and his hot azz wife were on the cover of ESPN magazine’s “Analytical Issue”, talking about his ability to throw ground balls.

  • Raider Dell

    Let me be clear B, this talk of Palmer as you see him is not what I see. Let’s move forward, let’s give him an opportunity for a offseason with the WR’S and OTA’S and a playbook he can absorb with a new OC.

    He is in Silver n Black, and I will support him to the end, just as I did Marc Wilson or Jay Schroeder.

    I don’t care what college he went to, or if he hasn[t won a playoff game, he is our Raider Nation QB.

    I don’t believe in hope and facts right now are not good, based on his performance last season.

    I’m willing to be open minded for right now,and hope it will materilize as a great trade for the Raider Organization.

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    421.DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    hwnrdr Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    B, DMAC, and others…
    Not sure about Next weekends game (W’s vs Navs) because no one hsa said anything to me…
    A’s game still on?
    Come first weekend pre-season…I know who will be there and who will not!
    ============

    I’m down for the A’s.
    We have to come up w/ a date.

    I think Dirt Lot said he had tix for the Yankees game??
    ===========

    That should be on the weekend, right?
    I’m down.

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.

    ***

    BCZ,

    you related to ROG?

  • R8ER MIKE

    I have no confidence in Palmer nor do I in any punk ass USC qbs

    ************************************************
    now we know.. it not Palmer Method hates so much
    its ALL USC qbs !!!!!
    if Palmer played at Maryland maybe he wouldnt be so
    hated !!

  • DMAC
  • DutchRaider77

    @Raider Dell
    Great Post!

  • RaiderRockstar

    You need a backup for a real QB….so therefore we still would be screwed

    ***

    ROG hates Terrelle Pryor too, now?

    man we have NOTHING in common!

  • RaiderRockstar

    We stuck it to the Jets. Lmao
    We Stuck it to the Texans with the Philip B trade.

    Al had his moments.

    ***

    We stuck it to the Pats with the Gabriel & Burgess trades

  • CJ Legend 34

    Raider Dell Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    Let me be clear B, this talk of Palmer as you see him is not what I see. Let’s move forward, let’s give him an opportunity for a offseason with the WR’S and OTA’S and a playbook he can absorb with a new OC.

    He is in Silver n Black, and I will support him to the end, just as I did Marc Wilson or Jay Schroeder.

    I don’t care what college he went to, or if he hasn[t won a playoff game, he is our Raider Nation QB.

    I don’t believe in hope and facts right now are not good, based on his performance last season.

    I’m willing to be open minded for right now,and hope it will materilize as a great trade for the Raider Organization.
    ————————————————-

    D@MN IT DALE!!!!

    Don’t you dare go talking about Jay Schroeder like that!!! He was the mad bomber! He did not care who was covering who he was going to throw that deep ball come rain or snow!!! Throw the deep route and ask questions later.

    He was not concerned with INTs sort of like…Palmer??

    Dale you are on to something LMAO!!!!

  • DMAC

    So who will be the next player to be discarded?

    I say TK or maybe Wimbley.

  • CJ Legend 34

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    You need a backup for a real QB….so therefore we still would be screwed

    ***

    ROG hates Terrelle Pryor too, now?

    man we have NOTHING in common!
    ———————

    RR I am your buddy man. I think TP could start tomorrow man.

    Now that should make you feel better. : )

  • RaiderRockstar

    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

    ***

    good call, JFB.

    progress!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    DMAC Says:
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    So who will be the next player to be discarded?

    I say TK or maybe Wimbley.
    —————-
    Wimbley is gone next. you can’t justify his cash.

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

    434. Pryor in a West Coast could take 3 yrs or more and never pan out.

    We do needf a vet back up but Garrad may need a yr to recover from back surgery.

    Who could be our back up?

    If KC makes a move for Peytie Pie or RG III our 2nd QB could be… Kyle Orton

    Again, I apologies for posting this link over and over but those who know, know that RMR has been posing as an imposter under my name.

    This is the only way to defeat him cuz he hates RNS.

    Sorry all.

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/

  • RaiderRockstar

    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

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

    440. Agreed. Kelly could be next but there will def be some juggling.

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

    442. Link or kidding?

  • CJ Legend 34

    I can’t believe a Jamaarcus Russel signed jersey is still selling around $-300.00-400.00.

    Why?????? LMAO who would buy it?

  • RaiderRockstar

    X,

    why do we need a veteran QB when Carson Palmer is our starter?

    Who have been the Giants & Colts backup QB’s over the years?

    guys like Jim Sorgi, Jesse Palmer & Curtis Painter …

    I’ll keep Pryor for peanuts over shelling out $2-4 million per season for Orton as #2 QB

  • RaiderRockstar

    @CJL

    nobody would pay $4 for a Russell jersey.

    I doubt anybody is sporting JaWalrus for $400!

  • DMAC

    I wouldn’t take a russell jersey for free.

  • bcz24

    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

  • Carl Weathers

    I don’t think Kelly is going anywhere. Not this year.