Raiders unlikely to be big players in free agency


Raiders unlikely to be big players in free agency

While the NFL's new league year commences at 1 p.m. PT today, it's hard to imagine the Raiders being big players when it comes to free agency. At least, right away.Rather, expect the Raiders to play a game of sit-and-wait, instead of trying to snare the bigger names on the market.And it's not just a matter of economics; it's about the wait-and-see patience mantra of the new regime at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.General manager Reggie McKenzie has been slammed with getting "out of whack" contracts in order and getting Oakland salary cap compliant while giving the Raiders some breathing room to operate under the cap.In fact, factoring in the ESPN-reported cut of tight end Kevin Boss (a 2.5 million savings against the cap) and's breakdown of linebacker Aaron Curry's contract extensionrestructuring (a 4.76 million savings), the Raiders should be 6.063.766 million under the cap. But that's before factoring in the monetarily undisclosed tenders placed upon defensive linemen Desmond Bryant and Mason Brodine, cornerbackkick returner Bryan McCann and fullback Marcel Reece on Monday.RELATED: Report -- Raiders to release Kevin Boss Raiders free-agents
The Raiders might clear more room by releasing defensive tackle John Henderson (4.75 million cap number) andor linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (11.85 million cap number).RELATED: Wimbley's agent -- "He has a contract and he'll honor it."
But being under the cap by today's deadline gives the Raiders a few days to decide what to do with Wimbley, who will have 17.5 million through 2014 guaranteed if he is on the roster on Saturday."He has a contract and he'll honor it," Wimbley's agent Joe Linta told in an email on Monday.

Injury report: Raiders rule DT Stacy McGee out vs Buccaneers

Injury report: Raiders rule DT Stacy McGee out vs Buccaneers

BRADENTON, Fla. – Defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been the best Raiders interior pass rusher this season. He has 2.5 sacks, just below Khalil Mack’s team-leading trio.

The Raiders haven’t gotten great pressure up the middle and must generate some without McGee on Sunday in Tampa Bay.

McGee was formally ruled out following Friday’s practice at IMG Academy, on the team’s official injury report.

He was the only player ruled out of Sunday’s game. Everyone else listed on the injury report was considered questionable. That list includes offensive tackles Menelik Watson and Vadal Alexander, special teams players Brynden Trawick (shoulder) and Taiwan Jones (knee) and receiver Andre Holmes.

The Raiders are fairly healthy for this stage in the season, though McGee will be missed.

“Stacy has been playing really good football for us,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s banged up this week. I think more likely next week for us with him. But yeah, next guy up. That’s what we do. So Darius Latham will play more, Denico (Autry) will play more, Big Dan (Williams) will play more. Those guys have to do their thing. We expect to play good defense and we know we got ourselves a challenge ahead.”

The interior defensive line has reinforcements on the way. Mario Edwards Jr. is inching closer to a return. The team brought him out to Florida this week, and while he hasn’t been seen during the open portions of practice, he is doing rehab work with trainers.

“He’s just on the side,” Del Rio said. “Until we get the clearance for him to join us in practice, he’ll continue with the trainers. .. They haven’t given him the green light, so he’ll continue to work with them until then.”

Raiders Status Report

DL Stacy McGee (knee)
RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder), WR Andre Holmes (hip), RT Vadal Alexander (ankle)

Buccaneers Status Report

RB Doug Martin (hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
DE Robert Ayres (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Gerald McCoy (calf)

Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery


Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed specifics of Anderson's knee injury while awaiting medical reports.

Earlier Thursday, Anderson disputed a report that he had told people close to him that he was done for the season.

Anderson was injured on an 11-yard run Monday night against Houston but returned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards and a TD, finishing with 107 yards in his best performance of the season.