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Update on Raiders moves in terms of salary cap

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 6:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders entered Tuesday $8.5 million under the salary cap. Releasing free safety Michael Huff, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive lineman Dave Tollefson freed up an additional $8.75 million in cap room.
Factoring in the Raiders re-signing cornerback Phillip Adams to a one-year contract, the Raiders are flush with approximately $16 million in cap space for 2013, even though they have an astonishing $32 million in dead money — money accounted for on players no longer on the roster.
The Raiders saved the following amounts with their three roster moves Tuesday: $5.34 million on Heyward-Bey, $1.79 million on Huff and $1.6 million on Tollefson.
That’s the positive news. On the downside, the Raiders lost a player some considered their best all-around defensive back — Huff played free safety and cornerback for the Raiders last season — and one of their most productive wide receivers at a time when they are thin at that position.
Worse for the Raiders, outside lineback Philip Wheeler signed with the Miami Dolphins and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant hooked on with the Cleveland Browns. Bryant and Wheeler were two of Oakland’s most consistent players last season.
In other words, the Raiders have some money to spend and a ton of needs to spend it on. They can free up even more money by releasing or restructuing the likes of quarerback Carson Palmer, linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
For those wondering why the Raiders didn’t cut McClain on Tuseday, it’s simple: They didn’t have to and there’s still a chance, albeit slim, that another team will pony up a late-round draft pick for McClain.
Hey, it’s worth a shot.

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  • The_Judge37

    I predict that next year our biggest Free Agent signings will be Phillip Adams and Coye Francies again

  • Al_is_theraiders

    the cfl rejected their offer…

  • raiderdav

    ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE rejects the RAIDERS to join the LEAUGE

  • poprox13

    HGDaddy Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Darren Connolly IV ‏@DConnollyNFL

    BREAKING: FS Dashon Goldson “not likely…less than 50%” signing with #Bucs #Bengals #49ers #Patriots and #RAIDERS in play #NFL #freeagency
    _____________

    This has already been deemed a fake twitter account, no?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    vy is a better passer and has more wins
    ======================================

    The best year the Titans had at 13-3 in 08, Kerry Collins was the starter and went 12-3. Young was benched.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Getting rid of Huff and getting Golston would be an upgrade.

  • Just Fire Baby

    tebow is garbage not the kind of qb i root for.

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

    But Joe Webb is, he meets the “criteria” apparently.

    So you wouldn’t like the Raiders dumping Palmer, and letting TP and Tebow battle it out in a “space-aged” offense?

  • Carl Weathers

    Woooohooooo! come on 2014!!! or maybe ’15?!

    Reggies big signing: Beanie Wells.

  • guest123

    Why the heck not?

    put me on your list for Dashon Goldson.

  • raiderinparadise

    The Raiders are close to signing a 10 year deal to join the PAC-12

  • bcz24

    Wow, the guy at Spotrac just told me that the dead money for Huff goes down to about 3.5 mill this year. That puts us at about 21 mill in space.

  • RaiderRich510

    Reggie is going to trade Carson to Az for picks. And we are gonna roll with Pryor, V .young , possibly Geno Smith. And the rest of the picks would be a 3-4 Defense draft. Depth through Rookie Free agents ie. Streater . Thats what I see Reggie doing. Have faith Raider Nation.

  • The_Judge37

    Seymour Bush Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    Getting rid of Huff and getting Golston would be an upgrade.
    ———

    Getting rid of Huff is already an upgrade.

  • HGDaddy
  • DMAC

    bcz24 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Wow, the guy at Spotrac just told me that the dead money for Huff goes down to about 3.5 mill this year. That puts us at about 21 mill in space.
    ======

    Thats what I’m talking bout’
    Go get em’ Reggie!

  • The_Judge37

    raiderinparadise Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    The Raiders are close to signing a 10 year deal to join the PAC-12
    ——

    At least that would give us a larger salary cap to work with.

  • Priesttj12

    If Vince Young signs you can almost call Palmers leaving a foregone conclusion. VY would sign for the vet minimum and Pryor would start.

  • bcz24

    Dashon Goldson agreed to terms on a 5 year deal with TB…

  • DMAC

    bcz24 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Dashon Goldson agreed to terms on a 5 year deal with TB…
    ========

    We need to sign Adrian Wilson
    Straight baller

  • inonewordraider

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    Former 49ers S Dashon Goldson agreed to terms on a five-year deal with Tampa Bay. Really. We’re sure.

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  • guest123

    Wow, the guy at Spotrac just told me that the dead money for Huff goes down to about 3.5 mill this year. That puts us at about 21 mill in space.

    *********

    you been having conversations with sportrac? How did $16 mill turn into $21 mill?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Seymour Bush Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    vy is a better passer and has more wins
    ======================================

    The best year the Titans had at 13-3 in 08, Kerry Collins was the starter and went 12-3. Young was benched.
    ================

    this has nothing to do with vy vs tebow

  • Raider8

    Lot of guys out there who can help this team.

    Go get ‘em.

  • bcz24

    We are POSSIBLY working out VY, you guys are jumping way out to conclusions. He hasn’t even visited the building yet and suddenly he’s on the roster as our primary backup?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    What we’re learning about McKenzie is that he walks softly and speaks carefully and moves deliberately — but decisively. His mini-purge on Tuesday is another example.
    The signs are clear, the message loud. McKenzie used his broom, and he is not finished. The remaking of the Raiders, which became very necessary with the coaching change before last season, is officially under way.

    Contact Monte Poole at mpoole@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/1montepoole.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Reggie’s BIG FA signing prediction list….Mine is he re-assigns his brother Raleigh to Guard. Got to match the great Brisel signing of last year.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    2014 = 90+ mil free cap and only 18 players under contract minus TK and Rolando.

    @ChrisHansenNFL

  • John David Booty

    Reggie’s BIG FA signing prediction list. Who will be the Raiders top FA signing this season:

    John David Booty: Nnamdi Asomugha
    Inonewordraider: Desmond Bryant
    RediaR: Ryan Fitzpatrick OR Some UFA
    Whoknows: A Guard on the Packers practice squad
    Chris In NY: Mrs. Buttersworth
    Marks Hair: 1 of those broken down Broncos
    Jackasspuria: Adrian Wilson
    RaidingTexas: Vince Young
    DMAC: Adrian Wilson
    Raiderinparadise: Donald Driver, Brett Favre, Charles Woodson
    Just Fire Baby: Tim Tebow
    Poprox13: Phillip Adams
    Gdog: some dude off GB’s practice squad
    303Raider: Nnamdi
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush): Nnamdi
    Raider_D: Nnamdi
    Bo Schembechler Jackson: Ricky jean-Francois
    DT42: Ryan Leaf
    The_Judge37: Phillip Adams and Coye Francies
    Carl Weathers: Beanie Wells
    Guest123: Dashon Goldson

  • guest123

    Nice signing by the Bucs.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    tebow is garbage not the kind of qb i root for.

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

    But Joe Webb is, he meets the “criteria” apparently.

    So you wouldn’t like the Raiders dumping Palmer, and letting TP and Tebow battle it out in a “space-aged” offense?
    ============

    webb is a better passer than tebow and a better runner

    tebow cant run the offense im hoping for, because he cant throw the ball

    still dont know why you are trying to force a debate over bobby douglass, i mean tebow

    he stinks out loud

  • Raider8

    Joe Webb sure as he!! ain’t the kind of QB I root for.

    Hot garbage would be an upgrade.

  • HGDaddy

    poprox13 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    HGDaddy Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Darren Connolly IV ‏@DConnollyNFL

    BREAKING: FS Dashon Goldson “not likely…less than 50%” signing with #Bucs #Bengals #49ers #Patriots and #RAIDERS in play #NFL #freeagency
    _____________

    This has already been deemed a fake twitter account, no?

    - not sure if it’s fake or not but he was the first to report RAIDERS and VYoung interest before PFT and @RapSheet did.

  • raiderinparadise

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    Seymour Bush Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    Getting rid of Huff and getting Golston would be an upgrade.
    ———

    Stuart Schewgiert would be an upgrade over Huff

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Did he sign with the Squeelers ?

    Guess they didn’t forget Grads beating them.

    Have always maintained Grads was better than JCantball.

    RAID staff knew it too. That’s why Cantball got benched.

    Too bad Gradkowski couldn’t stay healthy.

    Wonder if Cantball gets any interest ? Good for Cantball that he had the smarts to grab some money from the Bears while he could.
    ================

    lmao

    still bitter about this guys? so many years removed even?

    jc beat grads in head to head competition then proceeded to post wins, something grads and palmer have been unable to do

    =========================================
    Nope, you got it reversed.

    Just like you had it reversed when you claimed Cantball came off the bench to beat the Rams after Gradkoski sucked it up in the first half.

    Exactly the opposite was true.

    The facts show that JC lost his job to BG and only got it back due to BG getting injured.

    In fact, the RAIDS were still looking to bench JC after he pissed his pants in Pittsburgh.

    That’s why a still not ready BG was rushed back to play against Miami.

    JC only kept his job bcz AD got tired of BG being made of glass.

  • Raider8

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    Vince Young might be the only QB who ISN’T much of an upgrade from Leinart.

    “Can’t nobody tell me nothing”

    -Vince Young, on 60 minutes

    14 on his Wonderlic.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:

    tebow is garbage not the kind of qb i root for.

    next
    ======================================================

    Uncerimoniously, Miss Tick throws away the ‘Wins are all that matter’ argument.

  • DKnight007

    Hope McK can sign some vets at a low price.

  • boss01

    Glen Dorsey to the whiners, there goes a potential replacement for Des

  • morilla

    Vince Young, psssshaw. Might as well call Vince Evans.

    Or Vince Price.

  • DKnight007

    Dorsey is garbage. Not a difference maker…

  • Gdog

    HGDaddy Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    - trade down and pick up Warmack

    >>>>

    If both of these happen I will officially jump back on the Reggie bandwagon.

  • Raider_D

    HGDaddy Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    - trade down and pick up Warmack

    ===============================

    We have so many holes to fill that a trade down would be amazing. Hopefully Geno Smith generates enough buzz by himself coupled with the fact that philly worked him out it may scare some team into jumping in front to get him.

  • stinger12345

    BTW, for those upset about Wheeler and Bryant leaving, they received RIDICULOUS contracts by their respective new teams. I can almost gaurantee they’ll both end up getting cut in 2-3 seasons

  • DKnight007

    McKenzie is trying to see if Tyler Brayton can come in for a workout.

  • RaidO

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    @radio

    The cap issue is a bunch of nonsense. Reggie is using that as a excuse. It pure BS. It’s not the cap it’s how you work the cap.
    Add Palmer, McClain, and Kelly with the other cuts that have happened and the Raiders would have a little over $35 million in “REAL” cap space right frickin now. You Reggie apologist are pathetic.
    Reggie has no clue what he is doing.

    ——-

    and if kelly, palmer, mcclain dont take restructures, you cut them and it would be 50+ million is dead money you IDIOT.
    ———————–

    Wrong, the Raiders currently have $32 mil in dead money. It would not go up $18 million more.

    Colts have $38 mil in dead money. So what…….

  • http://allraider.com All Raider

    Most of the players going elsewhere are getting out of whack contracts. Miami’s Jeff Ireland is the “new” Al Davis of free agency, over spending!!! We need to slash and cut in order to start over. For 10 years we have tried to add a guy here and there every year, over paying, giving away draft picks. The raiders were beyond adding a couple of key players to get over the top. What’s happening is what has GOT to happen. In 3 years when we are odds on favorites for the Super Bowl everybody will be back on the bandwagon….