As has been widely reported at this time, the Raiders are well over the 2012 salary cap. It was initially posited that the team was $11 million over the cap or so but according to Profootballtalk.com, the number is actually closer to $25 Million over the projected salary cap of approximately $120 million.
The Raiders probably aren't in a terrible spot because most of the players whose contracts are taking up the cap room can either be cut or restructured with little or not drop in . According to Paul Gutierrez of CSN, here are the Raiders' top paid players based on their salary cap number:
Player 2012 Salary Cap Number (in millions)
TE Kevin Boss $4.75
OG Cooper Carlisle $3.3
LB Aaron Curry $5.75.75
DT John Henderson $4.75
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey $8.159
FS Michael Huff $9.82.875
PK Sebastian Janikowski $4.5
CB Chris Johnson $4.5
DT Tommy Kelly $8.874.266
P Shane Lechler $4.9
LB Rolando McClain $3.64
RB Darren McFadden $9.478.833
QB Carson Palmer $12.5
CB Stanford Routt $10.785.334
DT Richard Seymour $14.068
LB Kamerion Wimbley $11.85
Some players' numbers are not going to change – Standord Routt's for example. However, of the players that look like they could be in line to be cut include John Henderson, Chris Johnson, Aaron Curry, Tommy Kelly, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Cooper Carlisle, Kamerion Wimbley or Michael Huff. Any of those players would potentially be in line for restructuring, as well, although I wouldn't expect John Henderson back in any capacity next year.
Carson Palmer isn't going to be cut but restructuring and reducing his $12.5 million cap number this year would certainly be expected. The same is true of Richard Seymour, if he's up to doing it. He won't be cut as the entire amount is guaranteed already but he loses nothing by restructuring and the Raiders don't really lose anything either as they are paying that entire amount anyway. Of the above players mentioned, I would see the most likely to restructure are Aaron Curry, Tommy Kelly, DHB, Huff and Wimbley.
Bottom line, a lot is made about the salary cap and who is over but it won't be a big deal this year just like it's not a big deal every year. Teams have to deal with the salary cap and the Raiders may have to restructure some players or may have to cut some players but the key players are in place and aren't going anywhere.
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Well Routt's gone and Seymour's contract was already guaranteed - so they're out.
The guys who NEED to restructure (imho) are Huff, Curry, Kelly, Wimbley and McFadden. Yes DMC too. Sorry - but $9.5m for a guy who's never on the field? He needs an incentive based contract at this point - let him earn MORE than that IF he stays healthy (for once). That's basically what we offered Jamarcus - produce and you make money. Don't and you don't. There's nothing wrong with that - especially if we're smart and RE-SIGN BUSH.
The guys I would ASK to restructure are Boss, Henderson, Janikowski, Lechler and Palmer. The last 3 I would sign for an extra two years to spread out the cash and throw in a couple incentives to make it worth it for them.
BTW, if you're wondering why Al went so crazy with the cash it's because there was an uncapped season - the perfect opportunity to throw a couple extra players on the field without worrying about the money.
Is DHB's cap hit right on this? I was under the opinion his cap number for this season was only at around the $2 mil mark? Also I thought McFadden was closer to around $6 mil?
I could see Janikowski and Lechler re-constructing their contracts. As good as they are, I don't think any kicker and punter is worth $4 mil! Extend their contracts by another 5 years each and these two will and should retire in the Silver and Black.
Yes we will be feeling the ripple effect from Al's crazy contracts for years to come... but it should be simple in my eyes. cut TK and give Soliai that kind of money per year. that man doesn't take plays off like TK does. he deserves that kind of loot, and he will be looking for it. then you cut Chris Johnson and give Finnegan that money(maybe a little more) ... suddenly, our defense is looking mighty proper. Once others are restructured... it would be wise to pile up some under the rader linebackers... or even go after Lofton(why not? they can at least make an offer) ... like many have said.. there's no such thing as a "cap casualty" ... we may be WAY OVER CAP every year, but does that stop Al Davis from signing Kelly, Hall, and Javon Walker to INSANELY HUGE CONTRACTS? no, it didnt. im excited to see what this fresh, young coaching staff brings to the table for these prized FA's around the NFL that want a new start in a revamped organization that's not tied down to Al's ways anymore...
Yeah, I've read the same report by Paul gutierrez at CSNBayArea this morning, and yet... Since they've been telling us it was 11 million dollar above the cap, why believing the numbres this time? Even if we do believe them, how do we know hob big would be the salary cap hit of either cutting or trading any of those names? And just Asher said, It's no biggie after all. If the team must cut some guys they will, there's no option (well, there is, but it includes loosing draft picks and not signing free agents for any salary bigger than the minimum).
If Bruce Campbell actually have something inside, this is the time to let Carlisle go and let the kid show his talent (I know, is a big "IF"). DHB should seriously take a pay cut, he has never performed like a top ten draft pick and I think he owes this team a hometown discount. Tommy Kelly and Michael Huff will certainly take a pay cut or a bus out of the town. Kevin Boss didn't do much so he's hanging on the tight rope. John Henderson's been pretty good as a backup, but he's also expendable... as you see this is not rocket science, either you take a pay cut or leave, but the team is gonna be under the cap within the next two weeks.
@nilbymouth I am a little confused by the DHB number as well, actually. I'll try to get an answer for you because I had heard he was reasonable as well. What may be the case is that his guaranteed money was prorated through the life of the contract so even though his salary cap hit is $8M his actual salary this season is closer to the $2M. If that's the case, he's likely not eligible for a restructure because they can't cut out that much of the cap hit.
@Black_Nightmare BRUCE will get the axe. he doesn't belong in a ZBS and hasn't shown any signs of even being a good blocker in any capacity. he's just a muscle head that weighs 350 lbs of solid muscle... so everyone is intrigued... as Al Davis never realized, athleticism does not mean you can play football, period.