By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 7:07 am in Oakland Raiders.
Kamerion Wimbley, who led the Raiders in sacks and had his best season since his rookie season as one of the better trade acquisitions, has been informed he will remain in Oakland, according to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.
Wimbley’s original six year contract contained a void for the final year, but also included a “buy back” believed to be $3.5 million which the Raiders exercised.
Oakland dealt a third-round draft pick to Cleveland for Wimbley last March 14, played him as a starting strong side linebacker and a nickel pass rusher, and he responded with a team-high nine sacks as the Raiders had 47 for the season.
The Raiders must decide by Wednesday whether to use a franchise tag in 2011. Speculation has Zach Miller as the most likely target, although it’s uncertain if the Raiders will avail themselves of the designation this season.
If Miller were to be franchised, he would be due approximately $7.3 million this season. A four-year veteran, there is no guarantee Miller would be available for unrestricted free agency under a new collective bargaining agreement. The Raiders, however, would be on the hook for that figure even if a new CBA set unrestricted free agency at five or six years _ meaning they cost themselves a lot of money because they simply could have placed a restrictive tender on him and had the chance to match any offer.
Regardless, there’s no reason to believe Miller won’t be a Raider in 2011. Historically, Al Davis has been very good at keeping players he wants to keep. Miller has been the Raiders leading receiver each of the last four years since being a second-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2007.
At present, the only other tight ends on the Oakland roster are Brandon Myers and Kevin Brock, the latter a reserve/future signing who spent time on the 2010 practice squad.