Oakland Raiders Make Big Internal Decisions

The last couple of days, the Oakland Raiders have made a few internal decisions and signings that should impact their franchise for years to come… and this time, it appears as though it will be a positive impact. 

After becoming the laughing stock of NFL management over the last couple of seasons, the Raiders organization finally seems to be turning the corner and getting a few things right these days.  Earlier this week they resigned arguably the best cornerback in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha to a massive three year deal.  The signing makes Asomugha the highest paid cornerback in the league, at approximately $15.1 million per year.  Getting such a quality player locked up for a few years was crucial for the Raiders, because Asomugha is the type of player you can build a defensive scheme around… and just having him on your team increases the appeal of your franchise to all the other players in the league looking for new contracts this offseason.

Asomugha would likely have gotten big bucks had he been signed during free agency, so the dollars and the length of the deal actually aren’t that bad.

Oakland also signed All-Pro punter, Shane Lechler to a four year deal as well this week.  He was one of the few bright spots on their team last season and is well worth the $12 million he’s slated to receive the next four years.

Resigning players to new, large contracts does come with a price though… especially in the salary cap world of the NFL.  The Raiders released safety Gibril Wilson today in what was likely a cost savings decision as Wilson would be owed a $4.5 million roster bonus in addition to his $2.01 million dollar cap hit.

The 27 year old Wilson is coming off a very good year, posting 134 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1.5 sacks… but with the resigning of the two aforementioned players, the Raiders had to cut costs and Wilson was the one to go.

It should be interesting to see what other moves the Raiders make as the off-season progresses.  They’ve definitely gotten off on the right foot though, resigning their own proven players, rather than waiting to make a big splash in free agency as they did last season.

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One Response to “Oakland Raiders Make Big Internal Decisions”

  1. […] Deal(s): The Dolphins signed S Gibril Wilson to a 5 year, $27.5 million deal less than 10 days after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. […]

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