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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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  • raiderinparadise

    Jake Long is a Ram, keep dreaming guys

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    bcz24 Says:
    Matt Shaunessy is on the teams site, it is a 100% fact that he is an unrestricted free agent, are you disputing that as well??
    ======================================================

    Not disputing or being argumentative. I really just don’t get it. If you cut a player, he is no longer on your’s or anyone else’s roster? OK, makes sense.
    When you are allowed to enter unrestricted free agency, you stay on your previous teams roster? OK.
    When your contract is voided you become an unrestricted free agent still attached to your previous team?
    And how do the Raiders void his contract and not inform the NFL?
    Or did the Raiders brass and the NFL paper pushers just assume, like all the media hacks, that it had to happen and so nobody bothered informing anybody or crossing their ‘T’s and dotting their ‘i’s? Don’t think that’s how they do business.

  • Raider_D

    The reality is we just aren’t a destination most players want to go to anymore. The only way Al got players was by throwing money at them in Free Agency. That plan is what got us into this mess in the first place. Its going to be painful for a while but we’re going to be signing 2nd and 3rd tier free agents and building through the draft until we change the perception of the team and get some young exciting players.

  • John David Booty

    I like Nick Roach, would be a nice signing. We could use him at SAM, but I like how he filled in for Urlacher at MLB last season when he was hurt. These are the kinds of players I thought Reggie would have an “eye for”. Under the radar guys. I actually think Roach is gonna get paid by somebody, but if Reggie could reel him in, no hate to him, that would be a good start.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’ve been saying it awhile, but I think you will see a lot of players being moved during the draft to move up 20 or spots in the mid-rounds. Exactly like what we did with Kirk Morrison.

  • xraided

    John David Booty Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    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

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    Carlos Dansby

  • Charlie

    Seymour was one of the worst deals this franchise ever made.

    A number one pick for (at the time) a 29 year old! Ridiculous. The guy could not even practice and was the HIGHEST PAID PLAYER ON THE TEAM LAST YEAR before Reggie was able to restructure and get us out of the mess he inherited.
    SEYMOUR IS DONE. Thankfully he will not be back in Oakland.

    We are going to get real young, really fast this year.

    Keep in mind Reggie is doing this year what he did last year. He was $30 million over the cap when he took the job and cut down to the cap limit.

    We should be down to about $30 million below the cap by September which is about where a 4-12 team ought to be.
    Then we will see who can play and will have the room to pay accordingly.
    We will build through the draft.

  • xraided

    Raider_D Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    The reality is we just aren’t a destination most players want to go to anymore. The only way Al got players was by throwing money at them in Free Agency. That plan is what got us into this mess in the first place. Its going to be painful for a while but we’re going to be signing 2nd and 3rd tier free agents and building through the draft until we change the perception of the team and get some young exciting players.

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    bulls eye

  • Just Fire Baby

    vy has started in the playoffs right?

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

    Tim Tebow actually won in the playoffs, and didn’t want to quit at halftime.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seymour was one of the worst deals this franchise ever made.

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

    I sure could have used you around here a few years ago.

    I got burned at the stake for just mentioning we should wait and see who won that trade.

  • guest123

    We should be down to about $30 million below the cap by September which is about where a 4-12 team ought to be.
    ********

    @ Charlie, so the ends justify the means? if so, that’s pretty bleak!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:

    vy would be an upgrade over lienart and a very solid number 3

    if carson is out, vy would be a good 2 as well
    ======================================================

    The way you worded that gives the impression that Carson would be the #2 if he stays. I know that wasn’t what you meant to imply.
    Wanted to clear that up for your fan base. At least those that aren’t your sock puppets.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    My biggest concern is if we don’t go to a superbowl or at least AFC championship in the next 6 seasons we won’ be able to call ourselves the “team of decades”. lol

  • raiderinparadise

    Pat Sims visiitng raiders (bengals DT)

  • 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
    Raiderdav: the water boy from the GB SQUAD
    Xraided: Karlos Dansby

    ********
    Seeing some common themes here. Doesnt appear as if Reggie is thought of very highly around these parts. He has this single off-season to change some minds.

    All that aside, doesnt Vince Young and Dennis Allen just sound like a match made in heaven?

  • Just Fire Baby

    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

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    xraided Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    John David Booty Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    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

    ______________

    Put me down for Nnamdi

    lol@ Raiderinparadise!

  • inonewordraider

    Ian Rapoport‏@RapSheet
    #Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims is now visiting the #Raiders. They lost Desmond Bryant yesterday…

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  • Raider_D

    xraided Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    John David Booty Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    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

    ________________________________

    I’ll take Namdi coming back

  • 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

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    Another offseason Bruce found work IMMEDIATELY, quicker than just about any other QB out there.

    Should have kept him as or backup/vet mentor for 8 years.
    ==========================================
    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.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Charlie Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Seymour was one of the worst deals this franchise ever made.
    ===========

    not in the same universe and pales in comparison to the carson trade that is one of the worst moves in pro sports history

  • guest123

    Breaking news:

    Cardinals reach deal with Pope. Lifetime deal.

    per Shefter

  • The Big Banana

    Raiderinparadise: Donald Driver, Brett Favre, Charles Woodson

    —–

    Lmao

  • Chris in NY

    Serious question for the Reggie fans:

    What makes you think his dumpsterdiving finds will be so much better in Year 2. Clearly that approach and his finds were an unmitigated dumpster fire in 2012. What will make 2013 (and beyond, for that matter) significantly different?-

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    vy has started in the playoffs right?

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

    Tim Tebow actually won in the playoffs, and didn’t want to quit at halftime.
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    not sure why you want to argue about tebow being a better qb than vy

    vy is a better passer and has more wins

    tebow will never be a raider and better try out for the calgary stmpeders

  • Marks hair

    No news is gut news

  • Dakota

    What good would it do us to have Nnamdi Azzmuncher back?

  • DMAC

    Free agent DT Pat Sims is visiting the Raiders.
    After sitting out the first day of free agency, the Raiders are starting to make some calls. With Oakland’s front seven being decimated by releases and departures, Sims wouldn’t hurt for a role by the bay. Sims’ injury history would necessitate a back-up plan if he’s signed as a starter.
    Related: Raiders
    Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitte

  • DutchRaider77

    I know, stupid question…but do players ever sign with teams thinking their agent could get them better endorsement deals v. the price of the contract they sign?

    I could see a guy like James Harrison playing up the bad guy persona wearing the silver and black and netting some serious dough? (Too much Kool-Aid?)

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

    BSJ: Ricky jean-Francois.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:46 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    vy has started in the playoffs right?

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

    Tim Tebow actually won in the playoffs, and didn’t want to quit at halftime.
    =============

    not sure why you want to argue about tebow being a better qb than vy

    vy is a better passer and has more wins

    tebow will never be a raider and better try out for the calgary stmpeders
    ________
    thought you like the option qb’s? young lead his team to the playoffs, so did tebow, what’s wrong with these guys as backups?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    Another offseason Bruce found work IMMEDIATELY, quicker than just about any other QB out there.

    Should have kept him as or backup/vet mentor for 8 years.
    ==========================================
    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

    your cookies are getting soggy from your tears

  • raiderinparadise

    broncos closing in with Wes Welker.

  • guest123

    Welker in serious talks with Dungver per Shefter.

  • DT42

    My vote for Reggie’s big FA: Ryan Leaf

  • RaiderDebo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/mutiny-may-have-been-a-factor-in-pollard-release/

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

    Just goes to show you, you don’t get Lombardi trophies for having the most harmonious locker room.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:46 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    vy has started in the playoffs right?

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

    Tim Tebow actually won in the playoffs, and didn’t want to quit at halftime.
    =============

    not sure why you want to argue about tebow being a better qb than vy

    vy is a better passer and has more wins

    tebow will never be a raider and better try out for the calgary stmpeders
    ________
    thought you like the option qb’s? young lead his team to the playoffs, so did tebow, what’s wrong with these guys as backups?

    ===========

    didnt you try and patrol the blog for no raider talk?

    tebow isnt a raider so what gives hypocrite?

    did you notice other followed and posted on dhb to buffalo news as well? why no comment to them loser?

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

    next

  • 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

  • guest123

    Shefter is all over everything. He’s gonna tweet the name of the Pope before anyone you’ll see.

  • raiderinparadise

    The broncos are going to be so good.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lmao coye francies covering welker…

  • inonewordraider

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter

    Detroit’s haul continues: Former Texans S Glover Quin reached agreement with the Lions.

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  • bcz24

    Huff was designated a post June 1 cut, wonder what that does to the dead money?

  • DMAC

    guest123 Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Shefter is all over everything. He’s gonna tweet the name of the Pope before anyone you’ll see.
    ====
    lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Serious question for the Reggie fans:

    What makes you think his dumpsterdiving finds will be so much better in Year 2. Clearly that approach and his finds were an unmitigated dumpster fire in 2012. What will make 2013 (and beyond, for that matter) significantly different?-
    =========================================

    Well lst off, everyone was upset that Wheeler went, and Wheeler was one of those dumpster dives. Most of the guys he grabbed actually played fairly well for us including Goodson, Wheeler, Pat Lee, Phil Adams, Rod Streator. Even Criner and Burris seem to have hope. The reason Pat Lee is no longer here is he could cover fine, he just wouldn’t run defend the way they wanted.

    The problem is not with McKenzie and Allen. The problem is we have a tire fire of biblical proportions going on here on all levels, and it is not going to put itself out.

  • 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

  • HGDaddy

    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

  • raiderinparadise

    Report: The Raiders are in serious talks to join the CFL

  • bcz24

    Broncos are trying to hammer out a deal with Welker…