With all of the major changes being brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sports world is already bracing for possible adjustments in the future. For the NFL, one of those adjustments might be an altered salary cap, which could be lowered as soon as 2021.
If this happens, every team will have to adapt accordingly, including the Las Vegas Raiders. Here are the three players who might end up as cap casualties for the Raiders if changes do occur.
3. Gabe Jackson, G
Gabe Jackson has risen through the NFL ranks to be considered one of the more consistent guards of the last five years, but his play dipped in 2019. At a salary of 9.6 million in 2021, with no dead cap penalties, the Raiders could look to replace Jackson with a younger option. Veteran Richie Incognito could also be cut to save cap, but the-out-of retirement guard actually outplayed Jackson last season according to Pro Football Focus, and he also costs less.
2. Tyrell Williams, WR
The often-injured wide receiver found a pay-day with the Raiders, but it may not last long if he produces more seasons like 2019 (651 yards, 6 touchdowns). Tyrell Williams was brought in to be a No. 1 wideout, and those numbers won't cut it. At 11.6 million in 2021 with no dead cap hit, this would be an easy move for the Raiders if Williams doesn't show up in 2020.
1. Derek Carr, QB
The current Raiders starting quarterback is set to have a cap hit of 22.125 million in 2021, with only 2.5 million of that total as dead cap. The Marcus Mariota signing already signaled that Carr's days may be numbered in Vegas if he doesn't lead them to the playoffs in 2020. The potential for a reduced salary cap puts Carr in an even worse spot. Even if he does have a decent season, the Raiders may be forced to go a different direction as his career has been too average to award that type of cap space. If Carr does somehow save his job, the expensive back-up Mariota could be gone instead.
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