Raiders have more than 145 million in contracts

Raiders have more than 145 million in contracts
February 29, 2012, 5:09 am
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It was one of the most endearing quotes from new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie after he introduced Dennis Allen as the team's incoming head coach."We've got some contracts," McKenzie said on Jan. 30, "that are kind of out of whack."It was also one of his most enduring quotes.Figures obtained by CSNBayArea.com show exactly where the Raiders sit when it comes to money earmarked for the salary cap -- Oakland has 145,774,984 in player contracts that currently count toward the 2012 cap. Subtract the reported 3.23 million the Raiders can roll over from the 2011 books, and they have 142,514,984 devoted to the 2012 cap.Keep in mind, the cap for 2012 has yet to be established or announced, but it is thought to be similar to last year's cap of 120.375 million, if slightly higher. Which means the Raiders are possibly sitting more than 22 million over the cap.Teams must be in compliance with the new cap -- whatever that figure may be -- by March 13, the start of the new league year, when free agency and trades begin."In my discussions and viewing the cap situation," McKenzie said at the time, "we should be fine."Some reports have the Raiders "expected" to be 11 million over the cap when that figure is announced. Turns out it might actually be double that number. Because simply cutting players might not do the trick by itself, not when released cornerback Stanford Routt still counts 10,785,334 towards the Raiders cap in 2012 as "dead money."So who else is a prime candidate to have their contract re-structured or even find himself on the chopping block? A look at the salary cap figures reveals 16 players that have cap numbers of at least 3.3 million and might want to sit near their phone over the next few weeksPlayer 2012 Salary Cap Number (in millions)TE Kevin Boss 4.75OG Cooper Carlisle 3.3LB Aaron Curry 5.75.75DT John Henderson 4.75WR Darrius Heyward-Bey 8.159FS Michael Huff 9.82.875PK Sebastian Janikowski 4.5CB Chris Johnson 4.5DT Tommy Kelly 8.874.266P Shane Lechler 4.9LB Rolando McClain 3.64RB Darren McFadden 9.478.833QB Carson Palmer 12.5CB Stanford Routt 10.785.334DT Richard Seymour 14.068LB Kamerion Wimbley 11.85

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