I need some help here. I've been looking all day for solid information on the salary cap issues facing the Raiders this coming offseason. I have seen lots of projections that the Raiders are going to be over the cap by around $17million at approximately $140.9million, but I can't find any solid data to support this. The best I've found is the data at http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/cap-hit/ that shows the Raiders have $98.4million committed amongst 29 players to the 2012 salary cap.
Does anyone know if the projections are based on filling the remaining roster spots around league average salary of $1.9million per player? Also do they take into account "dead money" and if so does anyone know where you can track the "dead money" carried by a franchise?
Finally does anyone have the specifics on how the Raiders cap numbers are affected by the release of Stanford Routt? I've seen all sorts of estimates or suggestions but no math to back any of them up. According to http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/stanford-routt/ the contract included $20million of guaranteed money. We know that $5million was only guaranteed if he was on the roster 2/10, which didn't happen. That reduces the guaranteed money to $15million, of which $10million was paid last year. So by my math the Raiders are on the hook for $5million this year counting as "dead money" against the cap. Anyone know any different?