Raiders face expensive commitment

Mailbag: Oakland out of cap purgatory, but too much space could be costly

Originally Published: April 8, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Watching the Oakland Raiders' salary-cap purge has been fascinating.

Last week's Carson Palmer trade, along with Friday's release of linebacker Rolando McClain, all but ended the deconstruction. Moving Palmer, McClain, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Dave Tollefson and Darrius Heyward-Bey cleared close to $21.2 million of salary-cap room. Twenty players from last year's roster are gone.

The Raiders have $8.69 million of cap room left and will gain another $8 million ...

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