Analyzing the Oakland Raiders’ Salary Cap Heading into 2013

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

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 ne...

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