Salary cap big reason Oakland Raiders haven't made many cuts

The contract bloodletting season is in full swing. The Oakland Raiders have several veterans that they could easily cut and to increase their salary cap room.

Oakland is currently set to have about $56 million in salary cap room. It could be become larger if the Raiders cut more veterans. Thus far, they have just chopped safety Tyvon Branch, who has been injured the past two years.

I believe one of the reasons why Oakland has not cut anyone else yet is because of the minimum cash/cap threshold they must meet by the end of next season. The Raiders have to spend virtually all of its cap this year, Thus, they might wait to see what they do in free agency to make cuts or might even hold onto a player or two.

Here is an update look at some of the candidates who could be cut:

Matt Schaub, quarterback

2015 salary cap number: $5.5 million

Schaub was acquired to be the starter and made $8 million. But he served as the holder instead. Logically, Schaub is an easy cut. However, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie recently said Schaub could be in the picture. I’d still expect him to go but if they keep one of the player on this list, perhaps Schaub is one.

Maurice Jones-Drew, running back

2015 salary cap number: $2.5 million

Jones-Drew was signed to be the starter but ended up with just 96 yards rushing for the season. Even though he has history with Jack Del Rio from their Jacksonville days, I wouldn’t think Jones-Drew will be back. If he is kept, I don’t see making the 53-man roster.

LaMarr Woodley, defensive end

2015 salary cap number: $5.18 million

Woodley is on his way out. He has been expected to be cut for months. Sunday, CSN Bay Area reported it will happen this week. It could be official as soon as Monday, along with the release of Branch. Woodley was not a good signing. He had five tackles in six games before he was lost for the season with a biceps injury.

Nick Roach, linebacker

2015 salary cap number: $3.7 million

Roach is still dealing with a concussion that cost him the entire 2014 season. It doesn’t seem like he will play this season.

Sebastian Janikowski, kicker

2015 salary cap number: $3.6 million

Janikowski will be 37 in in March and has a high salary for a kicker. But he missed just three field goal attempts this past season after missing nine attempts in 2013. I’d be a bit surprised if Janikowski is cut.