Analyzing the Oakland Raiders' Salary Cap Heading into 2013

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Analyzing the Oakland Raiders' Salary Cap Heading into 2013
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The Oakland Raiders are going to have some salary cap issues going in to the 2013 season.

Some big moves the past few seasons are going to rear their ugly heads, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will have some tough decisions ahead of him.

Below are some notable Oakland Raiders players whose salaries will significantly hit the team in 2013:

 

Quarterback Carson Palmer

  • 2012 salary cap  = $825,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $13,000,000

Oakland gave their 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second pick (which becomes a first-round pick if Oakland goes to the AFC Championship game) to the Bengals for Palmer. He has done a fine job in his first full season with the team, and is poised to break 4,000 passing yards.

But Palmer is a holdover from the Hue Jackson-led Oakland Raiders. Is McKenzie going to be willing to swallow $13,000,000? Or is this an opportunity for the Raiders to transition their offense to a quarterback that fits the mold that McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen are looking for?

 

Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

  • 2012 salary cap  = $5,279,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $7,721,000

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Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey always seems to be on the cusp of a breakout season. He came close to breaking the 1,000 yard season in 2011 with 975 receiving yards (a first for him). However, he is on pace for only 500 yards in 2012.

DHB's $7,721,000 is a hard pill to swallow for a receiver with his numbers. This decision may not be so hard for Reggie McKenzie.

 

Defensive Lineman Richard Seymour

  • 2012 salary cap  = $925,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $7,500,000

Richard Seymour is coming off a five-and-a-half sack season in 2010 and a six sack season in 2011and but he hasn’t been the difference-maker against the run. The defensive line for the Oakland Raiders sorely need an aggressive run-stopper worthy of a $7,500,000 salary cap hit.

Seymour isn’t that run stopper.

 

Defensive Lineman Tommy Kelly

  • 2012 salary cap  = $6,000,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $6,500,000

Where are you, Tommy Kelly?

Seven sacks in 2010 and seven-and-a half in 2011 and zero so far in 2012. He’s numbers are declining, and that's part of the reason the Raiders front four are getting very little pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

He will make $6,500,000 in 2013 and $7,000,000 in 2014 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

I’d be surprised if he is wearing the silver and black by then.

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Running Back Darren McFadden

  • 2012 salary cap  = $5,650,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $5,856,250

One of the few bright spots (when healthy) the past few years, running back Darren McFadden’s salary cap figure next season is close to what it is this season. There is no doubt that Darren McFadden can be an explosive running back if he’s utilized correctly.

He’s got one more season before he becomes a free agent, I would suspect that head coach Dennis Allen will look to put McFadden in a more favorable offensive scheme next season.

Other notable 2013 Oakland Raiders player salary cap hits:

 

Linebacker Rolando McClain

  • 2012 salary cap  = $970,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $4,005,000

A big jump to $4,005,000 in 2013 for a failed linebacker in a reduced role? Not likely.

 

Offensive Guard Mike Brisiel

  • 2012 salary cap  = $700,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $4,350,000

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Oakland Raiders (and former Houston Texans) guard Mike Brisiel was supposed to be the one lineman we wouldn’t have to worry about playing in a zone blocking scheme. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been worried for a few weeks now. Add to that the fact that 2008 was the last time Brisiel played a full season and I would be really surprised if we see this cap number remain the same.

 

Safety Michael Huff

  • 2012 salary cap  = $700,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $4,000,000

Safety turned corner (when does THAT happen?) Michael Huff has stepped up HUGE for this Oakland Raiders defense.

 

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski

  • 2012 salary cap  = $1,700,000
  • 2013 salary cap  = $3,800,000

Seabass is still one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL, and he will break the NFL record for the longest field goal while wearing silver and black.

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