The Raiders reportedly cut $11.82 million against the salary cap by restructuring the contracts of both Richard Seymour and Michael Huff. Seymour's restructuring is no surprise as he was a lock to make the team already with the team allowing a deadline to pass earlier this season that fully guaranteed his contract for the year. Huff was considered a prime candidate to either restructure or be cut. His restructuring means that he's definitely in the Raiders' plans this year. Huff's position is yet to be set by the current staff. He could either slide into FS, where he's played since being drafted in 2006. The previous administration had plans to move him to cornerback but new coach Dennis Allen has not weighed in on which position he sees him playing in his defense.
You can read about the details of the restructuring here.
Great moves. Thought we might have to live with that huge Seymour contract. Good to see he's willing to work with the team. Also glad we kept Huff as long as Allen realizes he can only play FS. On the others - Wimbley has to do something. I'd love to see DMC also if he's over $4-5Mil. Curry is too pricey as well - he played better for us than Seattle - but his contract is still bloated. Carson will only do it if they extend his contract, I'm sure. He's in the prime of his highest earning years - he'll (rightfully) want a longer commitment if it means cutting salary imho.
I'm very pleased at Seymour restructuring... I just for some reason see him being a major part of the Raiders for years to come.
I fully expect him, at some point, to become part of the Raiders coaching staff when he retires from playing and just looking at how he his influence has improved our DL and the players around him. I think he'll be an amazing DL coach in 3/4 or 4/3 scheme as he has excelled in both.
Anyways - got to give a huge pat on the back to Rmac and the guys who are restructuring the deals. They have done an amazing job with these contract. They have obviously started with the players who were most willing to do deals and now it is up to the others to follow in their lead. If they don't we know they really don't care for playing for us and are in this for the money.
Which, is fair play. part of the the American Dream is to earn as much money as possible, no? Wimbley etc have no need to show loyalty. If they had been awful, we would have shown no loyalty to them. Teams only really show loyalty to players who perform.
Anyways... going off subject.... I am surprised this hasn't come up on here yet. But maybe the biggest news of March so far with regards to Raiders is this
Oakland council have voted yes to keeping the three sporting franchises in the city. This is a step closer to Raiders having a new home in Oakland... This is potentially massive..
Looks like Wimbley is going to get cut. Was kinda hoping Huff was gonna get cut. But glad to see that we have saved 12M either way. Be nice to get Branch signed long-term and hopefully the deal will save some money this season.
Expendable: Hiram Eugene, Chis Johnson, Tommy Kelly, Cooper Carlisle, John Henderson
Restructure or get cut: Kamerion Wimbley, Aaron Curry
Must restructure: Carson Palmer, DMac, DHB (If he is getting 8.1M),
I am sure that I am missing some guys on here.....
Good to see both these guys who haven't really played up to their contracts willingly to re-construct. Seymour obviously sees himself retiring as a Raider now. Maybe Kelly will be chopped so we can give more game time to a young guy like Bryant and/ or Houston.
Extra bonus I don't need to trash my Huff jersey!
Only thing I am skeptical about Seymour's deal is will we just be back in this same boat next year? My understanding is that by cutting his salary this year all it is doing is making next year and the year afters salary up to $16 mil +
I agree with you about Wimbley also. I don't blame the guy for not wanting to take a pay-cut, he has to look after number one first, just as I don't blame the team from wanting him to re-structure wither. In any sport their is no loyalty. Look at Manning and the Colts! Wimbley's Agent has said he is willingly to re-structure as long as it doesn't mean a pay-cut in any way which will take some real creativity from Raiders management if they choose to go that way.
In the end, I think he will be cut though. It will be another $6.5 mil of dead money this season to contend with and this year we will be very hard up against the cap, but this is about the long term future. And long term this is the best for the team. Next season we should be fine form with plenty of cap room once all this dead money is gone.
@nilbymouth Lol, I'd put it on ebay while you can still get some value out of it.