As the Raiders try to figure out whether Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor (or neither) will be the team’s quarterback of the future, the Raiders will have in the not-too-distant future the ability to go out and buy one.
Per a league source, the Raiders currently have only $57 million in 2014 salary-cap commitments. Assuming a 2014 cap in the range of $125 million, that gives the Raiders $68 million to work with.
Throw in their remaining 2013 space of $2.7 million (which can automatically be carried over), and it puts them over $70 million under the cap.
Of course, the Raiders necessarily will have to spend some of that money, given that only 32 players remain under contract beyond the current season. For G.M. Reggie McKenzie, it’s the closest thing to a clean slate that a non-expansion team can have.
Other teams with plenty of cap space next year, assuming full carryover and based on NFLPA records, include the Jaguars ($58 million with 44 contracts), the Browns ($49 million with 52 contracts), the Bears ($47 million with only 26 contracts), the Colts ($39 million with 41 contracts), and the Vikings ($27 million with 41 contracts).