NFL contracts expert explains how Raiders will avoid salary cap problems

Structure of Carr deal could allow Raiders to keep other stars

Karl Buscheck
June 22, 2017 - 9:34 am
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In the wake of Derek Carr becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history with his new five-year, $125 million megadeal, the big question is how that payday will affect the Oakland Raiders ability to cash out other stars like Khalil Mack and Gabe Jackson.

According to former agent and current NFL contracts and salary cap expert Joel Corry, who joined “Mornings W/ Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Thursday, it's not simply the guaranteed money that will determine the answer.

“What you really need to watch more than anything else is how the contract is actually structured,” Corry explained. “The Raiders do something that most teams don't. The [Jacksonville] Jaguars to a degree and [the] Tampa Bay [Buccaneers] do, which is they have pay-as-you-go contracts where the salary cap number and the cash are the same every year.”

“Since you don't have signing bonuses, when you cut players there's not going to be any dead money,” Corry said. “So there's no chance of the Raiders getting back in the salary cap problems they had when Reggie McKenzie took over. You'll be able to churn the roster without having any adverse cap consequences.”

Check out the full interview with Corry in the podcast below:

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