Simplifying Raiders' complex cap situation

Simplifying Raiders' complex cap situation
February 6, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Reggie McKenzie has a lot of salary cap room to work with as he enters his third season as the Raiders' general manager. (USATSI)

It’s well documented that the Raiders’ two-year deconstruction period got them right with the salary cap. According to overthecap.com, the Raiders have an estimated $63.63 million in salary cap space heading into this offseason. That’s the largest total in the NFL.

That’s just a number unless you understand what the Raiders have already. They have 25 free agents – 18 are unrestricted – from the 2013 roster. That’s a lot of roster space to fill, but this is not a completely blank canvas. We’ve compiled a list of players remaining under contract and their salary cap number for the upcoming season, using NFLPA documents.

The Raiders have several deficiencies along the depth chart, especially along both lines. On defense, they need bodies most everywhere save linebacker. They’d like to upgrade most positions, while adding talent without ruining the financial stability afforded by ridding themselves of bad contracts in recent seasons and the dead (unusable) money that came with those dismissals.

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The Raiders are in good shape and ready to take on payroll. They have just eight players with a cap number above $2 million. They have 14 players with contracts dating beyond 2015 and just six of those players areveterans. That means the Raiders have the flexibility to bring in players and subtract from the list below what they have generally (there are some exceptions) without severe penalty.

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Here’s a look at players the Raiders have under contract and their cap hit for 2014:

Key: Player -- 2014 cash value, 2014 cap number (Final year of contract)

SS Tyvon Branch -- Cash: $4 million, Cap: $7.157 million (2017, voidable after 2015)
RG Mike Brisiel -- Cash: $4 million, Cap: $5.310 million (2016)
FB Marcel Reece -- Cash: $3 million, Cap: $3.980 million (2016)
MLB Nick Roach -- Cash: $2.975 million, Cap: $3.771 million (2016)
OLB Kevin Burnett –- Cash: $3 million, Cap: $3.642 million (2014)
K Sebastian Janikowski -- Cash: $2.7 million; $3.06 million (2017)
OLB Kaluka Maiava -- Cash: $1.635 million; Cap: $2.313 million (2015)
CB D.J. Hayden -- Cash$: 874,259, Cap: $2.346 million (2016) * contract fully guaranteed
C Stefen Wisniewski -- Cash: $939,919, Cap: $1.315 million (2014)
OT Menelik Watson -- Cash: $622,948, Cap: $1.089 million (2016)
LS John Condo -- Cash: $900,000, Cap: $1.077 million (2016)
QB Terrelle Pryor -- Cash: $705,000, Cap: $851,517 (2014)
DB Taiwan Jones -- Cash: $645,000; Cap: $746,250 (2014)
OLB Sio Moore -- Cash: $546,000, Cap: $718,708 (2016)
G Tony Bergstrom -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $696,504 (2015)
WR Denarius Moore -- Cash: $645,000, Cap: $692,513 (2014)
TE David Ausberry -- Cash: $645,000, Cap: $656,475 (2014)
LB Miles Burris -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $645,146 (2015)
WR Andre Holmes -- Cash: $645,000, Cap: $645,000 (2014)
DL Jack Crawford -- Cash: $570,00, Cap: $615,606 (2015)
WR Juron Criner -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $606,140 (2015)
G Lucas Nix -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $574,168 (2014*)
WR Rod Streater -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $573,334 (2014*)
P Marquette King -- Cash: $570,000, Cap: $570,334 (2014*)
TE Nick Kasa -- Cash: $495,000, $525,150 (2016)
TE Mychal Rivera -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $521,213 (2016)
RB Latavius Murray -- Cash: $446,550, Cap: $521,550 (2016)
DT Stacy McGee -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $514,670 (2016)
WR Brice Butler -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $511,875 (2016)
DL Ryan Robinson -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,333 (2015)
QB Matt McGloin -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2015)
WR Greg Jenkins -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2014**)
CB Chance Casey -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2014**)
S Shelton Johnson -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2014**)
LB Marshall McFadden -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2014**)
DL Ricky Lumpkin -- Cash: $495,000, Cap: $495,000 (2014**)

Reserve/Future players
DL Justin Cole -- $645,000
DL David Carter -- $645,000
QB Trent Edwards -- $570,000; $730,000 salary if he makes the squad, based on accrued seasons (2014)
DT Torell Troup -- $570,000
OL Jack Cornell -- $495,000
CB Johnny Adams -- $495,000
WR Jared Green -- $420,00
DE Eric Harper -- $420,000
TE Brian Leonhardt -- $420,000
LB Chris McCoy -- $420,000
CB Neiko Thorpe -- unknown
OL Jarrod Shaw -- unknown
DB Tony Dye -- unknown
LB Frank Beltre -- unknown

* restricted free agent
** exclusive rights free agent

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