As many reports have already noted, the Oakland Raiders will likely find themselves over the cap once the lockout has ended and the NFL season begins. Considering the fact that the Raiders would still like to upgrade their offensive line, linebacker and cornerback positions, there will need to be a lot of movement on the Raider roster over the next few days.
Two of the most likely moves will involve cutting a player who has been a starter for the Raiders for four years and re-signing a player who just arrived last season.
With the Raiders moving to a primarily power blocking scheme, it appears as though the Raiders are likely to cut guard Cooper Carlisle. Carlisle no longer fits the Oakland Raiders’ offensive line scheme and will save the team close to $3 million dollars in this years cap.
In another move to save money on this years cap, the Raiders are likely to re-structure the contract of starting outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Right before the lockout began, the Raiders used a franchise tag to lock Wimbley in for next season. However, the tag results in a cap hit of $11 million for Wimbley. While Wimbley certainly proved he deserves to be re-signed and to be a starter for the Raiders next season, that salary is a bit high.
Since the Raiders were obviously impressed by Wimbley’s play last season, look for them to sign Wimbley to a long term contract that will give him more guaranteed money, but spread the cap hit over a number of years, making it easier for the Raiders to sign free agents this season.
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