What's crazier, Raiders' cap space or interest in Young?

What's crazier, Raiders' cap space or interest in Young?
March 13, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Stay away from Vince Young. Far away. No need to bring his sideshow to a rebuilding project. (AP)

A mathematical review of the Raiders' finances after their three surprising cuts on Tuesday -- Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff and Dave Tollefson -- show that they actually cleared just over $8.732 million of salary cap space.

And as such, the Raiders are now more than $17.232 million under the new cap at $123 million, before factoring in the undisclosed deal signed by cornerback/punt returner Phillip Adams.

So which free agents, besides their own remaining 15, has Oakland been linked to thus far? Try second-tier guys like Cleveland linebacker Kaluka Maiava, Chicago linebacker Nick Roach, Cincinnati defensive tackle Pat Sims and New York Jets guard Matt Slauson.

[UPDATE: Raiders sign three

Then there was this -- Vince Young. Yes, that Vince Young.

Of course, in reporting the "preliminary talks" by the Raiders, the NFL Network was tepid in describing the purported interest. Meaning, the quarterback's agent merely could have called the Raiders and asked for a tryout.

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The thought from this corner? If the Raiders are serious about entertaining Young, it would simply be the latest in a game of chicken with incumbent Carson Palmer, who, it is widely thought, needs to take a paycut to return as he is due $13 million in base salary, with a cap number of $15.335 million.

The advice? Stay away from Young. Far away. No need to bring his sideshow to a rebuilding project. Plus, with Huff gone, there is no one left in Oakland for Young to party with shirtless in the club.

Harsh? Maybe. But you get the point.

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