Expect the Raiders to Make More Roster Moves by March 13

It wouldn't feel like a Raider offseason without the drama of their annual salary cap conundrum. This year will be no different. Even after releasing Stanford Routt, the Raiders are $11 million over the cap.

While the salary cap is rarely an issue for teams, assuming players are willing to restructure, there are always guys like Routt who end up being released. In Routt's case, the issue was as much about the ludicrous money he would make down the road as it was the $5 million roster bonus he was due on February 10.  Assuming the Raiders stray away from their predominant bump-and-run coverages under Dennis Allen, Routt's value in the secondary had already begun to diminish.

So who might be next?

The biggest cap numbers coming up are easily tied up in Carson Palmer, Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley. Combined, they will account for $38.5 million against the salary cap in 2012. Seymour is in the final year of his deal, while Palmer is set to make at least $12.5 million per season through 2014. Wimbley will make $11 million in three of the next four seasons through 2015.

It had been reported that $29 million of Wimbley's contract was guaranteed, but much like Routt's deal that is not the case. The Raiders will pay Wimbley $6.5 million this season whether he is on their roster or not. Cutting him by March 17 would save the team $4.5 million. The Raiders don't have a lot to work with at linebacker, but Wimbley is the best they have. He struggles in coverage, but Dennis Allen found a way to keep Von Miller out of coverage most of last season. I'm sure Wimbley's not a guy Allen is anxious to release regardless of his contract. He could be a candidate to have his contract restructured, but according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Wimbley isn't interested in taking a pay cut. That doesn't necessarily mean he won...

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