Oakland Raiders: Free Agency Spending Plan

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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) talks with umpire Bruce Stritesky (102) against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

To say that the last several weeks have been exciting for Raider Nation is a huge understatement, although let’s be honest, many in the Nation have been slightly disappointed by the offensive coordinator and the lack of a defensive coordinator. Of course the recent news from Adam Caplan that the Raiders will run a no huddle based offense under Musgrave that will mimic some concepts of Chip Kelley has many singing a different tune.

We cannot overlook the recent failure of the Raiders to seal up Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator, but he earns over a million dollars a season in Lousiville and has a nice gig. A dark horse defensive coordinator for me is Ken Norton Jr. and I do believe the Raiders have every intent to interview him.

All that being said, recent changes in this coaching staff will have some dramatic effects upon the direction that this offseason will go for the Raiders and my free agent spending proposal will show that. Unlike last year I am not going through several different approaches to show what the Raiders can do, rather I am simply going to point out the free agents I believe are most likely and what we should expect they earn for their contracts.

Cap Figures

To start I want to mention that all cap numbers are from overthecap.com which is a wonderful site. I have tweeted and emailed with Jason he is a very good cap guy. I am working off all of his figures including his cap estimation of 140 million dollars which would be up 10 million from this year. He currently has the Raiders with 56 million in cap space, but that does not include Woodson’s new deal. Let us assume Woodson cost 2.5 million dollars, the Raiders cut Schaub, Woodley, Jones-Drew (instantly added him to coaching staff), and Usama Young and their cap space would be around 68 million dollars.

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