Now that Stanford Routt has taken his penalties to KC which under achiever will be next . Even after the release of Routt Oakland finds itself $20 mil over the cap , not to mention it will take approximately another $ 12 mil on top of that to keep Michael Bush and Tyvon Branch if forced to tag them .
The new regime seems to be leaning toward keeping Carson Palmer and Richard Seymour around so the names being floated as on the block are Kamerion Wimbley at $11 mil , Tommy Kelly at $6 mil , Michael Huff at $4 mil in salary plus another $4 mil in bonus money . Wimbley has already stated he is not willing to renegotiate to stay in Oakland .
To cut all three would trim $25 mil from the payroll not necessarily from the cap , and still does not provide the cap room to tag both Bush and Branch . Oakland is in a tight spot looking at possibly loosing Asomagua , Gallery , Miller , Wimbley , Kelly , Huff , Routt etc. all in a 2 year span , and still finding themselves unable to keep Bush or Branch . With no draft to build through , and no cap room to spend in free agency , the team is in quite a pickle financially .
Reggie McKenzie has his work cut out for him this off season , the question is how deep will he have to cut to field a team next season . Does he move the salaries of Wimbley , Kelly , Huff , and still risk loosing Bush or Branch ? Does he consider trading fan favorites like McFadden or Seymour ?
No matter which path he chooses he is sure to take a beating . Taking over an 8-8 team that was in my opinion a defensive coordinator and a couple players away from being a contender, then ending up having to disassemble the entire team , and start from scratch with no draft to lean on ? This is not exactly the way you would like to start the day. Considering we all wish we had his job I do not believe any of us envy the spot he is in.