Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on the sidelines before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. Oakland won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Looking At Tons Of Cap Space This Offseason


The Oakland Raiders may have beau coup bucks to spend when free agency begins in March.

According to Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, the Raiders only have 32 players under contract for 2014 and just $57 million in cap commitments.

The salary cap for 2014 is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 million, leaving Oakland around $70 million to play with when the $2.7 million in cap space this season, which is rolled over, factors in.

Obviously, the Raiders will have to spend some of it on mundane needs—such as filling 21 roster spots that would be vacant. But should an established veteran quarterback hit the market, Oakland would be in a position to make a serious play at such a free agent.

Of course, free agent quarterbacks haven’t always paved a path to success. The Seattle Seahawks two years ago committed $26 million to Matt Flynn. He’s since been beaten out for the starting job by Russell Wilson, traded to the Raiders, beaten out for the starting job by Terrelle Pryor, released, signed by the Buffalo Bills, released, and signed by the Green Bay Packers as a backup, which is where he started in the first place before turning two starts and one victory into a $26 million deal.

In the salary cap era, only three teams have won a Super Bowl with a veteran quarterback signed through free agency—the 2000 Baltimore Ravens with Trent Dilfer, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Brad Johnson and the 2009 New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees.

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  • Guest

    I think Reggie will stay mainly in-house.
    Locking up Veldheer and Houston long-term should be Priority #1a and 1b
    (respectively) in the offseason

    As far as free agents are concerned, I wouldn’t mind Reggie making a
    play for guys like Golden Tate, Brandon Myers (yeah, him), Michael Oher,
    Nnamdi Asomugha (yeah, him too), and Sam Shields. All of those guys
    would fill positions of need. Bringing in Tate (combined with the
    emergence of Jennings) might allow us to package Ford and McFadden for
    an extra draft pick. Oher would allow us to cut ties with Barnes for
    sure and perhaps Pashos/McCants as well. Asomugha/Shields would make
    Adams and perhaps Porter expendable. All of the above would be upgrades,
    IMHO. Roach as well needs to be re-signed for sure.

    Draft-wise, my first inclination would be to address the D-line. I’d
    re-sign Walker, Sims, and Hunter to 1-2 year deals — and have Clowney
    on top of my draft board, with Nix as my 2nd choice and Tuitt as my 3rd
    choice. I think our defense would be better as a result.

    Just my $0.02 worth…..

  • Jared Myers

    I also think Reggie will stay mainly in-house.
    Locking up Veldheer and Houston long-term should be Priority #1a and 1b
    (respectively) in the offseason

    As far as free agents are concerned, I wouldn’t mind Reggie making a
    play for guys like Golden Tate, Brandon Myers (yeah, him), Michael Oher,
    Nnamdi Asomugha (yeah, him too), and Sam Shields. All of those guys
    would fill positions of need. Bringing in Tate (combined with the
    emergence of Jennings) might allow us to package Ford and McFadden for
    an extra draft pick. Oher would allow us to cut ties with Barnes for
    sure and perhaps Pashos/McCants as well. Asomugha/Shields would make
    Adams/Hanson expendable. All of the above would be upgrades,
    IMHO. Roach as well needs to be re-signed for sure.

    Draft-wise, my first inclination would be to address the D-line. I’d
    re-sign Walker, Sims, and Hunter to 1-2 year deals — and have Clowney
    on top of my draft board, with Nix as my 2nd choice and Tuitt as my 3rd
    choice. I think our defense would be better as a result.

    Just my $0.02 worth…..

    • Sebastian Livermore

      McFadden is a free agent after this season so he won’t be able to be traded for anything. Brandon Myers wont be needed with the continued development of Rivera. Golden Tate isn’t really that good, Hakeem Nicks would be a much better pick up by far. Nnamdi is probably done with football and Michael Oher has been the most penalized lineman for the last few years so I’d pass there as well.
      As for your draft wishes, Clowney should be passed on because questions about his character and if we re-sign Walker and Sims then we don’t need to draft a DT. We need an edge rusher which could also be grabbed via free agency through Greg Hardy or Michael Johnson. Our best bet in the draft would be to grab whatever top WR is there or the top QB.
      Nice try though but a little more research was probably needed on your end