The Oakland Raiders find themselves in a great situation as far as the salary cap is concerned. Now, the NFL is expected to increase the salary cap, giving the Raiders even more room to spend this offseason. However, the other 31 teams will also have the opportunity to maneuver.
Pro Football Talk reports that the salary cap is expected to increase to 133 million dollars for the 2014 season. That would be a 10 million dollar bump from the 123 million teams were able to spend in 2013.
That figure would put the Raiders close to 70 million under the cap. However, it gives every other NFL team an additional 10 million to spend on their own free agents or other team's free agents. Therefore, teams will have a better chance to re-sign their own guys with the expanded cap, which will prevent some players from hitting free agency.
Another cause for concern is other teams will have the extra cap space to sign free agents that Oakland is interested in. The Raiders have a great fan base. They have the benefit of players wanting to come and live in California. On the other side, they haven't had a winning season in more than a decade. Head coach Dennis Allen said that the team will pitch free agents on the opportunity to start something great with the Raiders. That is a start, but with the increased cap space for all teams, it will be more difficult to lure players.
In every business money talks and the Raiders will have plenty of money to throw around this offseason. It will be up to general manager Reggie McKenzie to secure free agents, but pay a reasonable price for them. The Raiders don't want to get into a situation where they are only acquiring free agents by overpaying. McKenzie has been frugal up to this point and is benefited by the extra space to re-sign the team's own free agents. Now, he must find a plan that will allow the Raiders to be a major factor in free agency without overspending and able to compete against the other 31 teams.
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