Raiders make the right moves to clear over $20 million in cap space
The Raiders offseason began over a month ago with the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen. Player offseason moves didn't get started till about two weeks ago when the team waived cornerback Stanford Route followed by placing a franchise tag on strong safety Tyvon Branch.
This past week Oakland executives really went to work and were able to clear salary cap space in order to be in compliance with $120.6 million cap figure for 2012 prior to Tuesday’s 1 p.m Pacific deadline by restructuring contracts of quarterback Carson Palmer, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, free safety Michael Huff and linebacker Aaron Curry and the release of cornerback Chris Johnson and safety Hiram Eugene.
Raiders made a surprising move Monday afternoon by releasing Kevin Boss. His time in Oakland was short, after the Raiders handed Boss a four year $16 million deal. He simply did not live up to the teams’ expectations by only catching 28 passes for 368 yards last season with the Raiders. With young talented tight-ends developing on the Raiders this was the right move.
All the moves created and cleared the over $20 million in salary cap space as the team heads into free agency. The Raiders still have selected number of pieces to gather together before all the issues on the salary-cap front, are complete.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will be waived before tomorrows deadline and become a free agent since no further discussion on restructuring his contact has taken place since the Raiders placed an ultimatum. Another player that could become a cap casualty is defensive tackle John Henderson.