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Raiders save some money by restructuring Mike Brisiel contract

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When guard Mike Brisiel signed with the Raiders as a free agent before last season, his arrival was seen as part of the team’s commitment to the zone blocking system favored by new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Knapp lasted just one frustrating year, however, and his zone blocking system has been thrown out along with him. That left Brisiel and his $4.35 million salary in a somewhat precarious position as the team started working their way toward better position under the cap this offseason.

Brisiel has worked out a way to stick with the team, however. Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports that he has agreed to a restructure that slashes his base salary to $1.35 million in 2013. Corkran reports a saving of $3 million under the cap, which suggests that it is a straight pay cut since the cap number wouldn’t go down by that much if they had converted his salary to a bonus and spread the hit over the three years left on his deal.

Given Brisiel’s perceived better fit for an offense that the Raiders are no longer running, that would make sense as a way for him to hold onto a job with the team while also giving the Raiders a body to throw into the mix in the fight for jobs on the offensive line.

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17 Responses to “Raiders save some money by restructuring Mike Brisiel contract”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 4, 2013 6:07 PM

    I hope he step up his game next season, or he will be cut!!!

  2. silvernblak says: Mar 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    Dont tell me the stupidity has now begun?
    He should have been cut with crappknapp! Why keep a guy in a PBS system who is a zone blocking O linemen? Whats next? Lineheart starts as QB? If your going to rebuild then cut the old dead weight and move on! Him, Tollefson and Barnes should have all been gone,oh, and take Willie Smith with ya! 1st stupid move this year and i cant even stomach what the next move is!

  3. hempoilcures says: Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM

    Let the moves begin….Briesel is good at that price, hopefully he won’t be a starter and just a competent backup.

  4. ukraiders says: Mar 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    Also puts us under the cap by 2.2 million. straight pay cuts is what the raiders need from more players

  5. radrntn says: Mar 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    first of many….was not worth 5 million per, I am sure Huff, DHB are next, and see what Tommy Kelly wants to do….Rolondo is another mess we got to address. Best if we trade him, even if it’s a late round pick.

  6. mikebrownfaux says: Mar 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    I guess the Raiders are going to slice and dice cap room, however they have too.

  7. socalraider909 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:02 PM

    I thought for sure he was getting the boot but glad to see we still have team players

  8. jaewest304 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:22 PM

    Good then cut him when he “fails the physical” smart Reggie. I had high hopes for him when he signed but after a horrid year in “His” own scheme….I have serious doubts he can play in a power scheme

  9. nmrdr795 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:22 PM

    Another smart move by big reg.

  10. mrbigass says: Mar 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    Come back to Houston buddy!!

  11. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Mar 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    Nick Offerman called, and wants his DNA back

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    Possible that they restructured him with the hope of creating trade value?

  13. JMClarkent says: Mar 4, 2013 8:16 PM

    So a guy who zone blocking guard who was mediocre in that scheme has been resigned to power block?

    He’ll be in Houston by August.

  14. cyraider says: Mar 4, 2013 8:32 PM

    It’s great to see good players wanting to stay in Oakland. The biggest evidence the ship is being righted. NATION!

  15. raiderapologist says: Mar 4, 2013 9:14 PM

    Not a good signing by McKenzie, in hindsight. But if he’s in the mix at 1.35, he can compete for a spot.

  16. raiderman831 says: Mar 4, 2013 9:39 PM

    Suprised to see him stay in 2011 this guy looked like a probowler before he got injured. in 2012 he lacked strength due to his injures yet he still had good speed. If his strength can come back and injury heal completly this will be a good signing. If not Reggie can just cut him later on if he fails the physical

  17. silvernblak says: Mar 5, 2013 2:37 AM

    Im digging the coaching staff and back to tje PBS, but who in the hell is the responsible for making these moved? Brisel is at the top of the list they restructure first? Come on! Bite into that damn bone!!!!

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