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Mortensen: Asomugha’s New Deal Will Be Next for Raiders


ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has posted a new blog, and in it he talks about the Raiders next move now that they have RB Darren McFadden under contract.  Here is Mort’s blog posted earlier today:

Now that the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a contract with top draft pick Darren McFadden, their challenges aren’t just on the football field over the next few years — it’s managing their payroll, salary cap and consequently, their roster.

Enter Andrew Brandt, a highly regarded salary-cap manager whom league sources say is a strong candidate to join the Raiders any day now in a similar role.

Brandt resigned from the Green Bay Packers as vice president of player finance in late January when the franchise hired Mark Murphy as its team president.

Brandt was credited with helping the Packers clean up their salary cap at the end of the Mike Sherman era. The Packers transformed from a team with cap concerns to one that went into this offseason with more than $20 million in salary-cap space.

Raiders owner Al Davis just spent the past few months on a record spending spree, committing $137 million to the 2008 payroll by mid-March, easily the highest in the NFL. The purge included the free-agent signings of cornerback DeAngelo Hall, wide receiver Javon Walker and safety Gibril Wilson, among others. The Raiders also re-signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to a six-year, $54 million deal.

If he is hired, as expected, Brandt’s most urgent challenge would be to solve the contract dilemma of Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders’ franchise player who is eating up $9.465 million on the books. Asomugha is regarded by many personnel evaluators to be an even more accomplished cornerback than Hall, the defender who got a potential $70 million package when he was acquired by trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

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One Response to “Mortensen: Asomugha’s New Deal Will Be Next for Raiders”

  1. darthraider says:

    Getting Andrew Brandt would be HUGE! I have heard him on ESPN Radio and seen him on NFL Network. He may be the smartest guy in the league. Not sure why he would agree to come to the Raiders, though.

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