Gutierrez: Raiders scrambling to get under cap


Gutierrez: Raiders scrambling to get under cap

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comIt's crunch time for the Raiders' bean counters.With a 1 p.m. PT deadline for Oakland to be under the NFL's 120-million salary cap, the Raiders are purportedly feverishly working to shed salary andor restructure contracts. Because according to ESPN, the Raiders "enter the day more than 15 million over the salary cap."In this unusual post-lockout landscape, the top 51-paid players' contracts on the roster form the payroll, which has to be under the "soft" cap, giving teams some 3 million in wiggle room. There is always a way around the cap, and if Al Davis wants a certain player, he generally gets him. A rare exception, of course, being tight end Zach Miller.As theorized here and in many corners of Silver and Blackdom, the Raiders could potentially cut some relatively big names or restructure the deals of big name contracts to get under. Of course, that would put significant pressure on future years.Richard Seymour (two years, 30 million with 22.5 million guaranteed) and Stanford Routt (three years, 31.5 million, 20 million guaranteed) are likely, if unusual candidates to be re-worked, since they both re-signed this offseason, before the lockout hit.Then there are guys like right guard Cooper Carlisle (due 2.5 million) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who got on the practice field for the first time this camp on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.Oakland's pursuit of free agent tight end Kevin Boss seemingly hinges on its cap issues, even as the Raiders have signed a glut of players in recent days, including quarterback Trent Edwards and offensive linemen Justin Smiley and Samson Satele while re-signing linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to an extension with 29 million guaranteed and free safety Michael Huff to a 32-million over four years-deal.Of course, there is also a lot riding on the players union re-certifying itself today to get the league year officially started. Otherwise, no players, not just the veterans signed since the lockout ended, can practice today.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List


Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.