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    Raiders more in salary cap purgatory this year..... per Paul Gutierezz

    With the NFL's salary cap for the 2013 season expected to be $121 million, a record-low $400,000 increase from 2012, the Raiders would reportedly be $4.5 million over the cap as it stands today.

    All teams must be cap compliant by March 12, at 1 p.m. PT, when the league's new year begins, along with free agency and trades. Of course, the Raiders can re-sign their own free agents -- they have 25 players scheduled for some form of free agency, including 17 unrestricted free agents, one restricted free agent and seven exclusive-rights free agents -- before then.

    But before they can even think of re-upping their own guys -- Linebacker Philip Wheeler? Tight end Brandon Myers? Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant? -- they have to get under the cap.

    Meaning, now that the Super Bowl is over, it's cut season.

    A year ago at this time, then-incoming general manager Reggie McKenzie was dealing with "out-of-whack contracts" while being $30 million over the cap, by his estimation. It should make dealing with $4.5 million a breeze, right?

    "We're not in a salary cap situation like last year, but we still have issues and have some decisions that have to be made before free agency, or when free agency starts," McKenzie said to a group of beat reporters last month. "So, we're not out of the woods, by any stretch. But, we are better off than last year."

    Call it Salary Cap Purgatory, rather than Salary Cap Hell. So where to start weeding things out?

    Well, according to documents obtained by CSNCalifornia.com, 10 Raiders players under contract for next year have salary cap numbers of at least $5.1 million. In fact, the 10 combine for a whopping $104,877,104.00 against the cap, or 86.7 percent of the would-be cap. But that number is a bit skewed as the contract of defensive tackle Richard Seymour, which has a cap number of $19.133 million for 2013, can be voided by Friday. The Raiders have already announced that Seymour will be an unrestricted free agent.

    Without Seymour, the remaining nine contracts with salary cap numbers of at least $5.1 million add up to $85,744,104.00. It's still a hefty number as less than 17 percent of the roster accounts for almost 71 percent of the cap.....Read the rest of the article below.


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    This should clear up some of the salary cap questions
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    Assuming those numbers are accurate, it is quite a disgusting situation. Thanks Al. And for anyone who thinks we were close to contending after going 8-8, get real. Our limited success was fleeting.

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    What also hurt is picking sub par first rounders such as Rolando McClain and DHB BEFORE the rookie salary cap came in to effect. I like DHB, but for about half the price he is getting now.
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    Didn't like the 2012 Raiders? They're about to exist no more. First up at the chopping block: Mr. Seymour...
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    Who cares this current team has a Super Bowl contending roster according to RFN experts

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    That would be awesome if indeed Briesel becomes a "Cut, failed physical" casualty
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    well guys look at it this way this should be the last offseason we have to sit here and worry about all the crazy contracts from the past that are holding back the organization, im hoping for a 7 win season at the very best with the 9 losses being at least competitive, you know not being blown out by 30 or more points for a month straight
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    Raiders more in salary cap purgatory this year..... per Paul Gutierezz

    My question this: If we're currently 4.5 over, where would we be if we Restructure DHB, Cut Tommy Kelly and Lechler, and restructure Palmer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChandlerM View Post
    My question this: If we're currently 4.5 over, where would we be if we Restructure DHB, Cut Tommy Kelly and Lechler, and restructure Palmer?
    I believe with Seymour gone we will be about 3 million under the cap. With the moves you stated we could potentially free up another 15-20+ million in cap space if you throw McClain in there(I am far from a cap guru). But then we need to resign players and fill our roster so that money would go fast. We have a very limited number of players under contract currently.

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    Reggie should be able to get us in pretty good shape to sign Wheeler,Bryant, and Myers and maybe add 3 free agents. With a good draft and free agency this team should be much better
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    I donít get the article.
    Seymour has a 7.5 mil salary, but 19.13 mil cap hit next year. Yikes! So his cap hit is 11.63 million more than his salary. If we let him go, the 7.5 will come off the cap right? But the 11.63 will remain on next years cap correct? So when the article claims we will save 19 million letting him go, that seems wrong. We will only save 7.5 letting him go right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAIDER_Dave View Post
    I donít get the article.
    Seymour has a 7.5 mil salary, but 19.13 mil cap hit next year. Yikes! So his cap hit is 11.63 million more than his salary. If we let him go, the 7.5 will come off the cap right? But the 11.63 will remain on next years cap correct? So when the article claims we will save 19 million letting him go, that seems wrong. We will only save 7.5 letting him go right?
    Seymour's new deal (signed last year) voids out unless we pick up the option by this Friday, which we won't do. So most of what the hit would have been goes. Or something.

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    Once Seymour comes off the books, we should be under the cap, then we can cut Kelly and DHB for about 14 million more savings and possibly redo Palmers contract for more room.

    Not a great situation, but sounds a lot more manageable than last years cap, we should have room to do a few things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderDuck View Post
    Seymour's new deal (signed last year) voids out unless we pick up the option by this Friday, which we won't do. So most of what the hit would have been goes. Or something.
    Let me get this straight. It is Friday that I'm drinking Duvel to celebrate that thief Seymour and his smarmy ways being gone?

    It wasn't so long ago that to speak ill of him was like calling a nun a c*nt. Now I doubt there is even a single guy who wants him back.
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