The Raiders have made a statement on why their salary cap breaches aren’t as bad as some would think:
“We were aware of our overspend in both first tier and second tier salary caps however we will be lodging an appeal in the size of the fines and we’re confident in that appeal,” Raiders CEO Don Furner said. “This overspend related to representative bonuses, and payments to players outside the top 25 to cover long term injuries.
“In 2012 we had to activate a number of clauses in younger player’s contracts, as we needed to fill the positions left vacant by long term injuries to our top squad.
“Breaches of the lower tier cap related to a number of allowances to our second tier players.”
“We will be lodging an appeal this afternoon based on the fines issued to us.”