Report: Raiders restructure Seymour, Huff

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Report: Raiders restructure Seymour, Huff

Two of the more glaring contracts in the Raiders' possession have reportedly undergone some major tweaking this week.As expected.Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had a base salary of 7.5 million and a salary cap figure of 14.068, and free safety Michael Huff, who had a base salary of 4 million and a salary cap number of 9.828.75, both had their contracts restructured, according to Mac's Football Blog.REWIND: Which big contracts will Raiders restructure?
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did not respond to a message seeking confirmation.But the two moves should save the Raiders, who entered the week more than 20 million over the projected cap, 11.82 million.According to the report, Seymour lowered his 7.5 million to the league minimum of 925,000, "with the remaining 6.575 million converted to a guaranteed roster bonus that will be treated as a signing bonus for salary cap purposes. Seymour's adjusted base salary is fully guaranteed and another season, with a 7.5 million base salary and 7.5 million roster bonus, was tacked onto Seymour's contract to allow the roster bonus to be prorated over the maximum allowable number of years (five)."As such, Seymour's salary cap number for 2012 drops to 8.808 million, though rises from 17.818 to 19.133 million from 2013 through 2015, when Seymour will be 36 years old.Huff, meanwhile, saw his base salary drop to a fully guaranteed 700,000, "with the remaining 3.3 million combined with his 4 million roster bonus to create a guaranteed 7.3 million roster bonus that will be treated like a signing bonus for salary cap purposes. Two additional years with 4 million base salaries and 4 million roster bonuses were added to allow the 2012 guaranteed roster bonus to be prorated over five seasons."Huff, who signed a four-year, 32-million contract extension at the start of last year's training camp that had a 7.315 signing bonus and 685,000 in base salary for last year with base salaries of 4 million and 4 million roster bonuses for 2012, 2013 and 2014, has a new cap number for 2012 of 3.988 million.Other contracts worth keeping an eye on for restructure purposes belong to quarterback Carson Palmer (12.5 million cap number) and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (11 million).

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”