The Oakland Raiders have tended to spend a lot of money. Exorbitant contracts to various players who probably weren't worth the cost have killed this team's upward mobility. The Raiders haved tied in too much money to their biggest players, and that is going to end up biting them.
In two weeks, each team must be in compliance with the 2012 salary cap, whatever that number may be. In the offseason, cap compliance is based on the cap numbers of the 51 highest-paid players on the roster.
The Raiders may have to dump more than a few of their top 51 in order to get under the cap.
Based on the "top 51″ report for each team as of February 28, a copy of which PFT has obtained, the Raiders stand at $145.7 million. That’s more than $16 million more than the next team, the Giants.
Al Davis has left the Raiders in a tough spot. Too many big deals to too many players will force Oakland to have to trim back and let players go the next few months. It won't be an easy transition for any of the involved parties.
Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area has a list of the top contracts, and it's looking like at least $20 million in contracts must be released. Pick and choose who should go.
DT Richard Seymour $14,068,000
QB Carson Palmer $12,500,000
LB Kamerion Wimbley $11,850,000
CB Stanford Routt $10,785,334
FS Michael Huff $9,828,750
RB Darren McFadden $9,478,833
DT Tommy Kelly $8,874,266
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey $8,159,000
LB Aaron Curry $5,757,500
P Shane Lechler $4,900,000
TE Kevin Boss $4,750,000
DT John Henderson $4,750,000
PK Sebastian Janikowski $4,500,000
CB Chris Johnson $4,500,000
LB Rolando McClain $3,640,000
OG Cooper Carlisle $3,300,000
FS Hiram Eugene $2,500,000
DE Lamarr Houston $1,116,250
SS Mike Mitchell $965,500
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