The Las Vegas Raiders have created $8.272 million in additional cap space by restructuring the contract of linebacker Cory Littleton. It is now estimated that the Raiders have $9.1 million in cap space headed into Week 1, potentially enough to add a notable free agent or two, if not to facilitate a trade.
Some early season accounting: The #Raiders restructured LB Cory Littleton’s contract to create $8.272M in cap room & the #Steelers did same with G David DeCastro. Pittsburgh now has pushed $25M into future years to create room.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2020
Speculation could be starting with talk of Earl Thomas. The Raiders released Damarious Randall over the weekend and are listing Erik Harris as their starter at free safety. Thomas was released from the Baltimore Ravens last month amid controversy from fighting with teammates but he is not expected to remain a free agent for long.
Las Vegas could of course be going in any number of directions with this move and time may have run out for any future transactions to have an impact on their Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers. The Raiders are set to be over the cap for the 2021 season.