Oakland Raiders Have Less Than $4 Million in Cap Room for 2012 NFL Season

Oakland RaiderContributor IIIMarch 29, 2012

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 30:  New Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis  Allen speaks to reporters during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Even after all the fat had been trimmed, even after Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen threw everything and the kitchen sink out to restart in Oakland, it would appear the Raiders are almost out of cap room again.

This isn't that bad considering at one point they had to clear well over $10 million from their salary cap and still managed to get some solid free agents. However, it will test the mettle of McKenzie and Allen in the draft, as it means they must rely on it to help fill out the ranks on the roster.

In an article from CSNBayArea.com, it was reported the Raiders have less than $4 million in cap space remaining to work with, including signing draft picks, un-drafted free agents and even players on the waiver wire next season. This could change, but only if the Raiders re-worked more contracts.

I personally think they've done as much shuffling as physically possible to make some cap room appear. It will be interesting to see down the road how this plagues the Raiders and how McKenzie and Allen will have to alter their plan for Oakland in the offseason.