SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two NFL teams below the 89 percent cash spending required by next year, and they are significantly under the minimum, the players' union said Thursday.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith singled out the Oakland Raiders as being $41 million below the spending floor they must reach by March 2017. The Jacksonville Jaguars are $28 million short of the collectively bargained requirements, Smith added.
Oakland was hamstrung in its spending until this season because of contracts for former players that created "dead money" on its payroll. The Raiders should have little trouble getting up to the minimum by reworking contracts for quarterback Derek Carr and defensive star Khalil Mack.