Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie Has Found a New Way to Mortgage the Future

One of the biggest problems with the Oakland Raiders franchise over the last few seasons has been the front office making moves that have improved the team in the short term, but sacrificed the well-being of the team in the long run.

Transactions such as the trades for Richard Seymour and Carson Palmer come to mind immediately.  Both trades were made to improve the team in the present, but sacrificed the future. Also, both cost the Raiders a first-round pick (2011 and 2012) and a second-round pick (2012).  

The practice of trading premium draft picks for aging veterans seems to have ended, as Reggie McKenzie has taken over the football operations of the team. McKenzie has plans to build through the draft as the Raiders are now in rebuilding mode.

While McKenzie has worked to acquire more picks (trading Louis Murphy to the Panthers for a late-round pick), he has also needed to clear up the salary cap mess he inherited from the Raiders mortgaging the future in years past.

Now, the Raiders are paying for those trades for Seymour and Palmer because of the massive cap numbers the Raiders they have had to pay for the two aging veterans.  

The Raiders have made other bad business moves in the past that they are paying for such as the contracts for Tommy Kelly and Michael Huff, who are still on the team, as well as the dead money for contracts of players they released, such as Stanford Routt and Kevin Boss.

So to help the team for the short-term future, McKenzie has needed to clear up cap room and has been restructuring contracts both last year and this offseason, in order for the Raiders can be semi-active in free agency when the market opens up Tuesday.  


While the restructuring of contracts for Palmer, Tyvon Branch, Mike Brisiel, Huff and others have helped for the present, all restructuring a contract does is delay the i...

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