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On the chopping block: Raiders roster cut candidates

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There are those players whose contracts are up and then there are those whose time is up regardless of the fact they are still under contract. Here are the players who could see their time in Silver and Black come to an end soon.

Prime cuts

Curtis Lofton

This cut seems like a near certainty. He was cut by the Saints last offseason and the Raiders, in dire need of a middle linebacker, signed him to a long term deal. By week four, the luster had already worn off and he began to get phased out of the defense. His cap figure next season would be a healthy $5.5 million and with all of his guaranteed money coming in his first season, the team can cut ties with him with no dead money left behind.

Nate Allen

Following the 2013 season, Allen was a free agent and was looking for a long term deal. The Raiders were interested among other teams, but would only offer him a one-year contract. So, he opted to return to Philadelphia on a one-year deal and had the best season of his career. Then the Raiders came back to offer him a longer contract.

It was considered fairly rich for a player who had not had sustained success, but the way the contract was written up allowed the Raiders to get out from under it pretty much any time. He is set to make $5 million against the cap next season, all of which would be guaranteed if he is still on the roster three days after the Super Bowl. And with Allen making it through just three games healthy last season, the team has a big decision to make here in a few weeks.

Roy Helu Jr

Helu was one of the first day free agent signings last offseason. Then once the season came, he barely saw the field. He played in just eight games and was inactive on game day most the rest of the season. In total, he touched the ball just 26 times - 17 carries and 9 catches. The team must ask themselves if his $2 million salary justifies how little they utilize him. He too carries no dead money if cut.

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Marcel Reece

For many it can be hard to imagine the Raiders moving on from the guy who has represented their entire list of Pro Bowlers the past few years. He was initially named to the Pro Bowl again this season until he was suspended for violating the league's PED policy (albeit a very questionable suspension). The suspension will continue into the first three games of next season.

The question is if the Raiders are making plans to move on from Reece who will turn 31 in June. He will make $3.5 million next season with just $880k in dead money should he be released. Last season, he was losing touches to Jamize Olawale who the team then signed to an extension late last season. Olawale will make about $2.2 million next season and is just 26-years-old.

Sebastian Janikowski

In recent seasons, the job security of Sebastian Janikowski has come up. Mostly it's because of his high salary, but also his waning production. His near $4 million salary next season is currently 9th on the team and would move to 7th if the players at the top of this list get cut. That makes him the second highest paid kicker in the NFL behind only Stephen Gostkowski (something about those kowskis). All the while Seabass was 31st in the NFL last season in field goal percentage (80.8%), and 24th in field goals made (21) and field goal attempts (26). The man ahead of him in salary is top five in every category. Of Janikowski's five misses last season, four of them were from inside 50 yards. He also missed an extra point. He will turn 38 in March and his salary goes up each of the next two years.