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
Marcel Reece is headed back to the Pacific Northwest.
After spending his final two college seasons at the University of Washington, the former Raiders fullback will reportedly sign a deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
News of the deal was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Reece, a three-time Pro Bowler while in Oakland, was cut by the Raiders at the end of September.
The 31-year-old Reece ran into trouble at the end of the 2015 season when he suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs. The penalty cost him the final game of the 2015 season and the first three games of the 2016 season.
Since being cut by the Raiders, Reece has reportedly worked out for several teams, including the Patriots, Jets and Bengals. According to the ESPN report, Reece worked out for the Seahawks on Friday.
In seven seasons with the Raiders, Reece ran for 844 yards and three touchdowns and also caught 306 passes for 2,015 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Former Raiders Pro Bowl FB Marcel Reece is signing with the Seahawks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2016
Former Raiders' FB Marcel Reece starred at Washington, now gets to return to Seattle area to play for Seahawks, whom he visited Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2016
ALAMEDA – Mario Edwards Jr. will return to Raiders practice on Monday afternoon, head coach Jack Del Rio said in his weekly press conference.
This will be his first football activity since suffering a hip injury in the preseason opener. His rehab has been a slow process, but be he began side work on a practice field last week.
Edwards Jr. has officially been designated to return off of injured reserve, a list he has been on since the day after the first 53-man roster was set prior to the regular season.
He has a 21-day window to practice. After that he must be activated or placed on injured reserve. He can return before that, however, and could be ready by the Dec. 18 road game at San Diego if all goes well each day in his return to practice. He would have two full weeks to get back in enough shape to play on Sundays.
The Raiders have certainly missed Edwards Jr. on the interior defensive line. He’s an athletic player solid against the run and pass, a versatile chess piece the coaching staff planned to move around some before he got hurt.
General manager Reggie McKenzie said last week that Edwards Jr. hadn’t suffered setbacks or required surgery to fix his ailing hip, only that it took a while to be pain free.
“It was all on him,” McKenzie said on Dec. 1. “The injury was healing and has healed now. A lot of it is a different feel for him. I’m sure hadn’t ever been hurt there, and there’s a lot of stuff he had to get through. … As long as he’s asymptomatic, we’ll keep pushing the envelope with him.”