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Tommy Kelly A Likely Cap Causalty

Last offseason I was surprised that Tommy Kelly survived Reggie McKenzie’s cap cleansing. Certainly Kelly’s production wasn’t the issues. This was not a Stanford Routt situation. To me it was just a matter of the financials.

One year later and it’s looking very likely that Kelly’s contract will be wiped off the books.

After racking up 7+ sacks during the 2010 and ’11 seasons Kelly fell off with just one sack in 2012 as he was largely invisible for most of the campaign. His cap figure of $11-million in 2013 is completely, as McKenzie might say, out-of-whack given his lack of production. Plus there is just no arguing that Oakland’s defense could have been just as bad with or without Kelly this past season.

It would be very shocking if Kelly makes it past the next week in Silver and Black let alone the next season. With free agency approaching and the Raiders needing to get in better shape with the salary cap the contracts of Kelly, Carson Palmer, Richard Seymour and Darrius Heyward-Bey are all likely to be major talking points in the coming days.

For Kelly it looks like his days are numbered. At 32-years-old there just isn’t much justification for keeping him on the payroll at his current salary. That’s the business of football.

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