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Raiders restructure LB Wimbley’s contract, free up cap room (updated)

By Steve Corkran
Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 4:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders finalized the restructuring of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley’s contract, which gets them out from under the $11.3 million figure they guaranteed him by making him their franchise tag player.

The news comes courtest of Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan, who reports Wimbley signed a five-year, $48 million deal, with $29 million guarantee.

“The new contract has to be earned, so I definitely look forward to the opportunity to go out and playing and earning every bit of the contract,” Wimbley said

In the process, the Raiders were able to lessen the cap liability for 2011, which gives them more room to sign players such as tight end Zach Miller and other free agents.

Wimbley did not practice today because the new deal he signed lumps him in with the other free agents who signed contracts since the lockout ended. That means he won’t be allowed to practice again until Thursday.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson was effusive in his praise of Wimbley.

“Kamerion Wimbley, new Raider, free agency,” Jackson said. “It’s one of our signings. Write that down everybody. No, that’s what it is. … Again, it’s just our organization continuing to lock up a good young talent. Kamerion Wimbley, what a terrific few days of practice he was having and then, all of a sudden, we got the deal done. Now, all of a sudden, he’s a free agent. But he’s here. He’s ours.”

Jackson said he always has liked Wimbley from his days with the Cleveland Browns, when Jackson’s Bengals and Ravens had to face him twice a season.

“I know what he is,” Jackson said. “He’s a tremendous player, a tremendous young player. I know he has nothing but an unbelievable upside ahead of him. Nine sacks a year ago, I expect more than that, more of that, and he’ll do that for this organization.”

Wimbley, 27, is entering his sixth NFL season and second with the Raiders. He led the Raiders in sacks last season and is counting upon even bigger things this season.

“There’s so many areas I feel like I can  get better in,” Wimbley said. ”I’m working on that every day. I’m just taking it one day at a time and going in and watching film and  making corrections and coming out here and working on that and perfect the craft daily.”

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  • bcz24

    Anyone know if Hues pressers are broadcast live anywhere? I dont like waiting 12+ hours for Raiders.com to post them

  • PA-RAIDER

    Cmon………If your worth your weight in salt, and you wear a Raider uniform, Al Davis will reward you. Al will PAY money to all his stars. Apparently Zach doesn’t want to be a Raider. Al Davis has and always will take care of his studs. Nnamdi wanted out…no way Al just let him walk………way too much negative speculation towards Davis when it probably should be directed to these traitors!!!!

  • CODEBLACK2011

    I think Steve runs raiders.com too!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Miller can’t block. Miller is slow. Miller is a HIGH concussion risk.

    Al knows what’s up.

    Go Raiders!

  • PassTheCheetos
  • YoungAmerican

    Miller can’t block. Miller is slow. Miller is a HIGH concussion risk.

    Al knows what’s up.

    Go Raiders!

    ————

    … and he’s still the best receiver on the team. Especially with Jacoby’s arm in a cast and Chaz being made of toothpicks.

    Hopefully the Raiders are now geared up for a run at Braylon and Kevin Boss.

  • Raider E

    Al is not throwing hard money into a soft skull.

  • Straight-Up-Raider

    Yall sure this is a raider blog? with all the hate it sounds like a 49er blog 2 me…

  • Raider E

    Zack poses too much risk period….You all know this man….

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    Totally agree with La to the Bay Nnami was probally offered good money thats why he took so long to sign when Hue was asked about Nnami he said he has been talking with Big Al. Nnami left said he wanted to play for a Superbowl contender it was not the money he thinks Philly chances are better everyone who stayed feels different.

    Go Raiders

  • Raider E

    Truth can be brutal, but thats not hate. Its truth.Zack too risky to pay big bucks. Gotta call it as you see it.

  • severeraiderz

    Pass rushers are the most valuable commodity in the NFL behind QBs and OTs. We are looking at his contract compared to other LBs, when we should be comparing it to the contracts of other DEs

  • Straight-Up-Raider

    During the frenzy, Asomugha spoke with Raiders coach Hue Jackson, cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson and squad development coach Willie Brown about the prospect of returning to the Raiders.

    By Friday, Asomugha hadn’t received an offer, so he was advised by his agents to move forward.

    “There was contact,” Asomugha said, “but nothing was able to be worked out.”

  • PoDunk Earl

    LISTEN UP PEOPLES! Quit blaming Mr Davis for our best reciever and best corner walking off the team. Ever think that the asst. gm might have had a hand in that? HUH! And another tip. Bush AINT COMIN BACK EITHER!

    Al is to old to be working 20 hours a day. Who you thinks in charge? GET A F’ING CLUE.

    If it wasnt for Hue Jackson, this team would be all but toast.

  • dvrick

    The raiders and Al Davis suck!Nobody really wants to stay there just like nobody wants to stay in Tennessee.Once they get the chance they leave.back to cellar dwellers again LMAO!!!!

  • DKnight007

    Since when do real Raider fans start rooting for their best receiver and TE Miller to leave??

    Because of concussions?? haha..Every player in the NFL gets concussions!

  • RaiderDuck

    PoDunk Earl Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    LISTEN UP PEOPLES! Quit blaming Mr Davis for our best reciever and best corner walking off the team. Ever think that the asst. gm might have had a hand in that? HUH! And another tip. Bush AINT COMIN BACK EITHER!

    ===================================

    You are aware that Bush is an RFA, and we can get him back for the asking?

  • kvnbntly

    Raider E Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    You know if Z.Miller suffers a couple concussions this season, they gonna have to put him on the shelf like that WR from the Colts. How much money would you all Guarantee Zack with that in mind?

    —————————–
    there is some truth to that, by gollie.

    al need to have someone wright up the contracts that actually reeds the guidelines as well as the league needs to review contracts to make sure they are in compliance.
    @ the 3.5 mill buy back option Kam had in his one year deal it would have been awsome. now thier on the hook for 5 yrs how many pass rush specialist are effective that long???

  • devilr8er

    If Zach doesn’t sign this will be a huge setback for this offense.

  • kvnbntly

    yeah i know i didn’t like english or spelling class at all.

  • Tricky70390

    PoDunk Earl Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    LISTEN UP PEOPLES! Quit blaming Mr Davis for our best reciever and best corner walking off the team. Ever think that the asst. gm might have had a hand in that? HUH! And another tip. Bush AINT COMIN BACK EITHER!

    Al is to old to be working 20 hours a day. Who you thinks in charge? GET A F’ING CLUE.

    If it wasnt for Hue Jackson, this team would be all but toast.
    =======================================
    Bush is an RFA with a 1st and 3rd round tender. You’re entire rant just fell apart there.

  • Tricky70390

    *your

  • RaiderRetribution

    great we have restructured Mr. Wimbley’s contract and we are under the cap, so now we can resign Nnamdi, sign Clabo, Holmes, Johnson, Free, and other top FAs.

  • dvrick

    He’s already gone!!Just signed with SEATTLE!!!!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Po if Bush does not come back then we get that other teams’ 2012 1st round draft pick at least.

  • Straight-Up-Raider

    PA-RAIDER Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    Cmon………If your worth your weight in salt, and you wear a Raider uniform, Al Davis will reward you. Al will PAY money to all his stars. Apparently Zach doesn’t want to be a Raider. Al Davis has and always will take care of his studs. Nnamdi wanted out…no way Al just let him walk………way too much negative speculation towards Davis when it probably should be directed to these traitors!!!!

    ______________________________________________________

    I agree with you… if they don’t want to be a raider let them kick rocks..

  • devilr8er

    124
    source?

  • kvnbntly

    @tricky
    if bush weren’t to sign his tender he would then either have to be traded or sit out and be fined as well as lose a year towards his contract correct???

  • dvrick

    BREAKING NEWS — MILLER JUST SIGNED WITH SEATTLE!!!

  • Straight-Up-Raider

    Only 2 teams can go 2 the SB, one from the AFC, one from the NFC, I’m putting my money with the Raiders…Why you ask? Why not?

    Go Raiders

  • kvnbntly

    kevin boss was still a free agnet this morning

  • CuzImaRaider

    Tricky70390 Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    PoDunk Earl Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    LISTEN UP PEOPLES! Quit blaming Mr Davis for our best reciever and best corner walking off the team. Ever think that the asst. gm might have had a hand in that? HUH! And another tip. Bush AINT COMIN BACK EITHER!

    Al is to old to be working 20 hours a day. Who you thinks in charge? GET A F’ING CLUE.

    If it wasnt for Hue Jackson, this team would be all but toast.
    =======================================
    Bush is an RFA with a 1st and 3rd round tender. You’re entire rant just fell apart there.

    ——————————————————
    Thanks for spelling that out for him

  • dvrick

    JOHN CLAYTON.

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    So we lost Nnami our whole D came back but him he was here 8 Years The Raider made him. Drafted 1st Rd as a Saftey Al converted him to CB first 3years they said he was a bust last year he made pro bowl on his name NO INT, NO FUMBLE REC, NO SACKS.. if he makes 1 of these he is on the team under contrct since he could not meet contract was voided see you later Aso…

  • CuzImaRaider

    dvrick Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    JOHN CLAYTON.

    ———————————
    Lies? I don’t see that anywhere’s

  • kvnbntly

    135

  • dvrick

    Of course not,you don’t have inside info on SEATTLE!!

  • Tricky70390

    PA-RAIDER Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    Cmon………If your worth your weight in salt, and you wear a Raider uniform, Al Davis will reward you. Al will PAY money to all his stars. Apparently Zach doesn’t want to be a Raider. Al Davis has and always will take care of his studs. Nnamdi wanted out…no way Al just let him walk………way too much negative speculation towards Davis when it probably should be directed to these traitors!!!!
    =========================
    Except for the fact that you know….HE CAME INTO FREE AGENCY 14 MIL OVER THE ****ING CAP HAVING TO MAKE 6 MONTHS OF OFFSEASON MOVES IN A MATTER OF TWO WEEKS.

    Not everything is a loyalty game.

  • devilr8er

    same here looking everywhere I don’t see anything about Miller to the seahawks.

  • devilr8er

    Need to sign:
    Miller-TE
    Waters-G
    vet WR-Floyd, Mason, TJ

  • kvnbntly

    yeahh on the derrick mason project

  • raidertay

    No Ford (temp) ; No Miller …..that Hurts.

    Gallery, Miller, Rice … Big Coup from Seattle this year.

  • RaiderfanNY

    This contract is ridiculous. Wimbley was a solid player last year — no better. He had 3 sacks in the finale against KC and 6 in the previous 15 games. He disappeared for entire games in the middle of the season, especially against good teams.

    He’s someone we needed back, but not with an All-Pro contract. $29 million guaranteed is a joke. Big Al should have given that money to Nnamdi, who is actually a great player.

    It’s like All has gone from one extreme — giving blank checks to free agents from other teams — to the opposite extreme of overpaying his own guys.

  • ambase9

    Its unreal what Al is doing. He had 4 months to get his house in order. what does he do sign a long snapper, reserve lb, unbelievable $$$ to Routt and and K

    He forgets BUSH and Miller. Without them it will be same ole same ole. Defense always on the field.
    w/o them MAcfadden’s career is in jeopardy.

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