Many believe that all the spending Al Davis as been doing so far this offseason eliminates Asomugha from the Raider roster. But after doing some poking around, I've found that Asomugha is far from eliminated.
It would be pretty hard for me to predict what the salary cap will be in 2011, but it can't be too far under the $152 million the Raiders spent last year. Let's look at the spending and players moving to see where the Raiders are in regard to last year's payroll.
2010 salaries that won't be on the Raiders' books this year: Robert Gallery, $6 million; Michael Huff, $5.7 million; Cooper Carlisle, 3.5 million; Jamarcus Russell, $3 million; Justin Fargas, $2.5 million; J.T. O'Sullivan, $2.3 million; Javon Walker, $2 million; Bruce Gradkowski, $1.7 million.
The amount the Raiders will save from all these players salaries ends up at around $26.7 million. Fargas, Walker and Russell didn't even play for the Raiders last year but received their guaranteed money.
If Asomugha decides to stay in Raider Nation, you can add Chris Johnson's $6 million salary because he will be cut. His guaranteed money has been paid to him already, so Johnson won't remain on the Raiders' books. That leaves the Raiders at $32.7 million of dead-weight salary off of the books.
Now let's look at the salary increases of the players involved in the spending spree: Stanford Routt, $7 million; Richard Seymour, $3 million; Kamerion Wimbley, $10 million; Michael Bush, $2.5 million; Zach Miller, $2.5 million; Daniel Loper, $750,000; Hiram Eugene, $300,000.
That is a total of around $26 million and leaves the Raiders around $6.7 million under last year's total if Asomugha is kept with the same salary as last year.