Is that definitely correct? I've heard so many different numbers.
Compare to last year's $22 million over the salary cap, the Raiders are not that bad spot this upcoming season. Raiders are $4.5 million over the salary cap. I expect more cuts, more restructures and few free agent acquires AGAIN.
Is that definitely correct? I've heard so many different numbers.
The 2013 cap has been discussed in a previous thread. Metallica0688, I believe, has the most accurate cap figure with us being ~$10.3 million over the projected salary cap.
Link to 2013 Salary cap thread
You're right about expecting few big name free agent acquisitions again.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a true rebuilding process. Shed salaries. Let guys walk. Signing cheap talent. Draft smart. Build up the trenches. It will take 2-3 more years before we see real progress, but there's hope.
The previous 10 years we had the record of a rebuilding team, without the direction. We wasted money on veterans who didn't fit. We drafted all wrong. There's no reason a bottom 5 team should have had the least cap space.
In a couple seasons or so after we have built up our roster with young studs and depth you'll see some veteran free agents sprinkled in to the mix. As opposed to a veteran roster with an occasional draft pick sprinkled in.
There is a AFC WEST article from ESPN that just came out with the salary projections and it mentions how the Raiders are one of couple of teams that are over the salary. I tried to post a link but due to lack of post I am not allowed to post it yet
Read the thread linked above. All of the info is broken down well by several posters, especially Metallica.
The bottom line is that the Raiders are, as of now, over the cap, as they have been every season since I can remember. They will, however, shed some fairly significant contracts with cuts and/or restructures (Seymour, McClain, DHB, etc.)
They are in a better positin than last year, but still not in a position to go after many guys or perhaps any high priced players, nor should they. The focus should be on drafting well and identifying underpriced and undervalued FA role players who can help, provide depth, and even continue to grow into better players.
Paying high priced players is generally paying for past production (the Al Davis way that rarely worked). The Raiders need to try and pay for future production.
I think the salary cap is aproximattely 121.000.000 next year
2012/13 Raiders salaries
Carson Palmerat 13.000.000
Darrius Heyward-Beyat 7.721.000
Tommy Kellyat 6.500.000
Tyvon Branchat 6.000.000
Darren McFaddenat 5.856.250
Mike Brisielat 4.350.000
Rolando McClainat 4.005.000
Michael Huffat 4.000.000
Sebastian Janikowskiat 3.800.000
Marcel Reeceat 1.423.000
Jon Condoat 1.200.000
Dave Tollefsonat 900.000
Stefen Wisniewskiat 750.946
Coye Franciesat 630.000
Lamarr Houstonat 630.000
Jared Veldheerat 575.000
Keenan Claytonat 575.000
Terrelle Pryorat 555.000
Richard Gordonat 555.000
Mickey Shulerat 555.000
Taiwan Jonesat 555.000
Akwasi Owusu-Ansahat 555.000
Chimdi Chekwaat 555.000
Denarius Mooreat 555.000
Willie Smithat 555.000
David Ausberryat 555.000
Jack Crawfordat 480.000
Tray Sessionat 480.000
Jason Sloweyat 480.000
Jamize Olawaleat 480.000
Miles Burrisat 480.000
Lucas Nixat 480.000
Rod Streaterat 480.000
Christo Bilukidiat 480.000
Tony Bergstromat 480.000
Juron Crinerat 480.000
Jason Fosterat 405.000
Jerrell Harrisat 405.000
total 72.521.196 (only the 38 players under contract)
From Bill Williamson - ESPN
The focus is on 2013 for all but eight teams in the NFL.
Teams will soon be readying for free agency. To get a feel for what teams will have to spend in free agency, ESPNís John Clayton has the current salary-cap numbers.
Please remember all salary-cap numbers are fluid and things change. But this gives you a working idea of where each team stands.
In the AFC West, the best team is in the best cap standing. The Broncos, who host Baltimore on Saturday in the divisional playoff round, are $18.5 million under the cap. They should be able to add some solid pieces if they wish. They do have to either extend or give the franchise tag to standout left tackle Ryan Clady. That will take up some space.
The Chiefs continue to be in good cap health. It is $16.1 million under the cap. It has free agents, receiver Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert and punter Dustin Colquitt, to deal with. I think Albert and Colquitt are more likely to return to Kansas City at this point, but it has flexibility.
San Diego is $8.7 million under the cap. It should be enough to get a couple of starters. The Chargers need the most help on the offensive line.
Meanwhile, Oakland is one of 10 teams currently over the salary cap. Oakland is $4.5 million over the cap. It was severely over the cap last season. This year, the Raiders, who will have to address punter Shane Lechler, tight end Brandon Myers and linebacker Philip Wheeler in free agency, will still have to make a lot of tough decisions and will have to tweak some contracts again. But they should be able to do a little more than they did last year.
2014 should be gravy right?
2013 NFL Mock Draft:
1st Round, 8th Overall via Buffalo: Star Lotulelei, DT
2nd Round, 41st Overall via Bufflao: Kevin Minter, MLB
3rd Round, 66th Overall: Gavin Escobar, TE
4th Round, 100th Overall: Shamarko Thomas, S
6th Round, 172nd Overall: Hugh Thornton, OL
6th Round, 176th Overall: Marcus Lattimore, RB
6th Round, 205th Overall: Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB
7th Round, 209th Overall:Wes Horton, DE
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever...
There are some critical dates where the Raiders have to be under the cap. The first is by the end of February.
2013 Raider Draftees:
D.J.Hayden, CB, Houston
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Sio Moore, OLB, UConn
Tyler Wislon, QB, Arkansas
Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida
Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
Stacey McGee, DT, Oklahoma
Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State
David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State
RIP Al Davis
July 4, 1929 to October 8, 2011
QANTAS - even when an engine explodes the catering/service is STILL the biggest disaster on a Qantas flight!!!
If I'm Reggie I look at next year knowing it will be similar record wise unless we catch some breaks here and there. I let mark know we are rebuilding and to be patient and then I make every larger salary player available for next to nothing 2 weeks before the draft. I'm talking McFadden, huff, dhb, Palmer, kelly, everyone who has a contract that is not performing up to it is available for a nominal draft pick. You take those draft picks and parlay them into a solid young base for years to come. This is the only way to get rid of these contracts without accelerations and dead money. Time to pay the piper so we can be better for the long term.
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