The Raiders traded for LB Aaron Curry last year for a 7th rounder and even though Hue has moved on he'll be happy to know that that pick has not gone to waste. The Raiders inherited Curry's high dollar contract from the Seahawks and he was in a restructure or be cut situation. It appears that he's chosen restructure. Curry announced on his Twitter account that he restructured his contract because he was "born a Christfilled Raider." He added he wanted to be "living proof that God is a Raiders fan."
The Raiders continue to adjust the "out of whack" contracts that GM Reggie McKenzie referred to earlier this offseason. Today, the Raiders cut CB Chris Johnson and FS and special teams standout Hiram Eugene, saving approximately $6 million against the salary cap. Johnson was once in contention to be a starter at CB but struggled all of last year even in a backup role. This may partially have been due to a recurring injury. Eugene was expected to be a backup safety and a gunner on special teams but hurt his hip in preseason and missed the entire year. Both cuts were expected. It's possible that either could return to the team at a lower amount but that seems unlikely at this point. If memory serves, the Raiders currently have only three CBs on the roster at this time - second year players DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa and recently signed Brandon Underwood.
2012 Free Agency begins next Tuesday, March 13th at 4pm. The third in a series of looks at positions the Raiders may target.
Defensive End: Lamarr Houston, Matt Shaugnessy
Defensive Tackle: Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly
Offseason Moves so far: none
On the Roster:
In an expected move, the Raiders have announced that quarterback Carson Palmer has restructured his contract with the team. Interestingly, they announced the move via Twitter a sign the times have changed.
According to PFT, the team could create as much as $7.71 million in cap space if he dropped to the league minimum and converted the rest into a signing bonus. It's also possible that Palmer took less money. Terms have not been announced.
2012 Free Agency begins next Tuesday, March 13th at 4pm. The second in a series of looks at positions the Raiders may target.
Strong side, Kamerion Wimbley
Middle: Rolando McClain
Weak Side: Quentin Groves initially, Aaron Curry after trade
Offseason Moves so far: none
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.
2012 Free Agency begins next Tuesday, March 13th at 4pm. The first in a series of looks at positions the Raiders may target.
2011 starters: Stanford Routt and varied
Offseason Moves so far:
cut Stanford Routt
signed Brandon Underwood