Based off what's in this PFT article, it would confirm some of our suspicions that money played a sizable factor in Moss not coming to Atlanta if the Falcons front office had suspicion of some of these cap figures. But based off this article, the Falcons may have another shot to get Moss after this season. Because from everything I've heard Randy say over the past few months makes me believe that he doesn't like Oakland very much, and short of Randy making the Pro Bowl and/or the Raiders making the playoffs this year, I don't see that changing.
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MOSS CAP NUMBERS PUSH HIGHER FOR '07, '08
A reader recently alerted us to the fact that Raiders receiver Randy Moss has restructured his contract, again. We tracked down the details, and here's what we learned.
Unlike 2005, in which through two separate restructurings Moss received a guaranteed payment of $7.085 million in lieu of that amount in base salary and thus pushed his 2006-08 cap numbers much higher, this time around Moss got only $750,000 in guaranteed pay, increasing his cap number by another $250,000 in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
The end result? A cap number of $12.02 million for 2007, and a cap number of $13.52 million for 2008.
That's more than 10 percent of the total cap for those years tied up in a non-quarterback, and it increases the likelihood that the team will make a decision whether to try to extend his contract -- or part ways with Moss -- after the 2006 season.
Moss, in turn, will need to make a decision as to whether he wants to stay, since he could force the issue by refusing to do a new deal.
The fact that Moss agreed to a restructuring in 2006 shows that he's still willing to help the team manage its cap, which in turn suggests that he's interested in sticking around. What isn't known, however, is whether the team wanted to clear more than $500,000 in current cap room by guaranteeing even more of his base salary, which was $8.25 million before the most recent re-do.