Which big contracts will Raiders restructure?

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Which big contracts will Raiders restructure?

Figures obtained by CSNBayArea.com have shown that the Raiders currently have 145,774,984 earmarked towards the 2012 salary cap and, when you subtract the 3.23 million they can roll over from 2011, Oakland is sitting at 142,514,984.The NFL's 2012 salary cap has yet to be announced, though it is thought to be near last year's cap of 120.375 million. All of which means the Raiders -- specifically new general manager Reggie McKenzie and finance officer Marc Badain -- have some serious accounting to do to shed some approximate 22 million before the deadline of March 13.RELATED: Raiders have more than 145 million in contracts
"I would say 'challenges' is the proper word," new Raiders coach Dennis Allen said last week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "It's nothing that can't be overcome. And I think we look forward to the challenge. Nothing in life that is ever worth anything comes easy. We really feel that way.
"Somebody told a long time ago that tough times don't last but tough people do. That's what we're trying to do. We're going to everything we can to put the best team on the field. Whatever those challenges that might come our way, we're going to have to navigate through them."McKenzie, at the media conference announcing Allen's hiring on Jan. 30, spoke of "out of whack" contracts with which he'd have to deal."But in my discussions and viewing the cap situation, we should be fine," McKenzie said at the time. "At this point, in talking to our guys and seeing all the spreadsheets and stuff, we're going to be fine."A closer look at some of the Raiders' contracts seems to bear that out. We have already published the names and numbers of the 16 players who have cap numbers of at least 3.3 million for 2012, including the recently-cut Stanford Routt.It is easier, though, and gives teams more flexibility to re-structure contracts, when a majority of said players' cap number is wrapped up in base salary.Quarterback Carson Palmer is a great candidate to be re-structured, given that all of his 12.5 million cap number is in base salary, and that he still has two more years left on his contract with 13 million and 15 million due in base salary in 2013 and 2014, respectively.RELATED: Carson Palmer career stats 2011 game logs splits
Same for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, what with 11 million of his 11.85-million cap number in base salary. His base salaries for 2013, 2014 and 2015 are 11, 10 and 11.5 million with cap numbers of 11.85, 10.85 and 12.35 million.
RELATED: Kamerion Wimbley career stats 2011 game logs splits
And 6 million of defensive tackle Tommy Kelly's 8.874.266 cap number is base salary.
RELATED: Tommy Kelly career stats 2011 game logs splits
Yet while all of linebacker Aaron Curry's 5.757.500 cap number is in base salary, the Raiders would have to extend him to re-do his figures as he is entering the final year of his contract.Free safety Michael Huff, meanwhile, has a base salary of 4 million, with a 4 million roster bonus and a cap number of 9.828.75 for each of the next three years.Another look then, at the 16 Raiders with a cap figure of at least 3.3 million, and their base salaries for 2012Player 2012 Salary Cap Number, in millions (base salary)TE Kevin Boss 4.75 (2)OG Cooper Carlisle 3.3 (3)LB Aaron Curry 5.757.5 (5.757.5)DT John Henderson 4.75 (4)WR Darrius Heyward-Bey 8.159 (5.279)FS Michael Huff 9.828.75 (4)PK Sebastian Janikowski 4.5 (1.7)CB Chris Johnson 4.5 (3.5)DT Tommy Kelly 8.874.266 (6)P Shane Lechler 4.9 (3.8)LB Rolando McClain 3.64 (970,000)RB Darren McFadden 9.478.833 (5.65)QB Carson Palmer 12.5 (12.5)CB Stanford Routt 10.785.334 (5)DT Richard Seymour 14.068 (7.5)LB Kamerion Wimbley 11.85 (11)

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.”