Declining to resign any of their 17 free agents the Raiders watched as both of their top free agents, LB Phillip Wheeler and DT Desmond Bryant signed large contracts with other teams – Wheeler for 5 years, maximum contract of $26M and with $13M guaranteed by Miami and Bryant with Cleveland for a 5 year deal worth up to $34 million.
The Raiders weren’t likely to be able nor interested in resigning either player for those amounts and wisely let both players go.
The team wasn't idle, though, announcing this evening that they had cut two former top ten players in S Michael Huff and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Both Huff and Heyward-Bey were well liked in the locker room and both are known as hard workers and team players but both were set to earn well more than their play on the field deserved and the NFL is a business before anything else.
It seems likely that one if not both was designated a “June 1st” cut which will spread the accelerated cap hit over both 2013 and 2014.no comments