More extensions to come for Raiders?

More extensions to come for Raiders?
August 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
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There are several productive Raiders who might come cheaper now than after a breakout year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OT Jared Veldheer was drafted in the third round by Oakland in 2010. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

NAPA – Dennis Allen wasn’t naming names, but he said there are current players the Raiders would like to lock up for the long-term.

Sooner rather than later, it seems.

The concept was broached a day after kicker Sebastian Janikowski signed a four-year, $18.9 million contract extension, and the team’s head coach was certainly open to it. The Janikowski deal was a sign that the Raiders were willing to use some of their 2014 salary-cap space ahead of time for the players they really want to keep.

[REWIND: Raiders sign Janikowski to four-year contract extension]

“I’m not going to get into real negotiations,” Allen said, "but there are some players that we’d like to go ahead and shore up.”

With an estimated $51 million in salary cap space next season, the Raiders can break out the credit card, buy now and pay later.

Janikowski’s deal can be a template for near-future signings. His 2013 salary hasn’t changed, but his future earnings are laid out.

The same could be done with several other players entering a contract year. There are several productive Raiders who might come cheaper now than after a true breakout year, including left tackle Jared Veldheer, defensive end Lamarr Houston and fullback Marcel Reece.

The team could be more likely to take a wait-and-see approach with oft-injured performers like running back Darren McFadden and receiver Jacoby Ford, who also have expiring contracts.

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