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

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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  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    1st

  • RaiderDuck

    Great! NOW GET ZACH UNDER CONTRACT!

  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    Yeah….buddy!

  • bcz24

    Zachs in Seattle because after the deal we just gave Kam we could only afford to offer him a pack of Juicy Fruit and an autographed Tim Brown jersey to stay…

  • 89052RAIDER

    Cam had a great year, but Miller was more deserving of getting “over” paid. When will these ridiculous contracts end?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Uncle Al does it again!!!! Kam is a very unique player, his skill set lends a flexibility to this defense that few players can match. Around the leauge plenty of guys think they can play lb and then on third down put their hand in the ground, but only a handful of those guys can actually do it well. As a hybrid player, that can play the elephant and the outside linebacker he is a specialist that was a main catalyst for our pass rush. he still young and just now hitting his physical peak. I like this deal a lot.

  • RaiderLen

    Bcz24 Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    Zachs in Seattle because after the deal we just gave Kam we could only afford to offer him a pack of Juicy Fruit and an autographed Tim Brown jersey to stay…
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    If I were Zach, I’d hold out for Hubba Bubba and a Freddy B.

  • raiderinparadise

    I like Kam but that contract makes him 5th highest paid LB in the league. With that said he better play like a Harrison, Beason, Willis.

  • 89052RAIDER

    This contract is a symptom of the disease that has plagued the organization for 8 years. Why did we Tag Wimbley? By doing so, Al forced himself into grossly over paying him in order to free space. Not tagging him in the first place would have been the most prudent move,

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    29 million guranteed sounds like a lot of money for Wimbley.

    20 million guranteed soulds like a lot of money for Stanford Routt, too.

    Neither has been consistent in their careers, so far.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    we take cleveland trash and make them rich.pathetic

  • RaiderLen

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    Uncle Al does it again!!!! Kam is a very unique player, his skill set lends a flexibility to this defense that few players can match. Around the leauge plenty of guys think they can play lb and then on third down put their hand in the ground, but only a handful of those guys can actually do it well. As a hybrid player, that can play the elephant and the outside linebacker he is a specialist that was a main catalyst for our pass rush. he still young and just now hitting his physical peak. I like this deal a lot.

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    It’s a lot of Money. I hope K can deliver.

  • raiderinparadise

    Guess we will keep michael bush. Zach is long gone now. That hurts. we have 0 proven WR’s, if we don;t get Floyd or steve smith were done. 8 in the box like jamarcus russell days.

  • CuzImaRaider

    CuzImaRaider Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    DKnight007 Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    By losing Nnamdi and Miller, I guess old man Al still wants to see a half empty Coliseum when they are at home huh?

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    We’ll have a half empty Colesuem due to the fact that Raiders fans like you only go when things are on the up!! Just like Cowboys fans route for the Cowboys, and New England fans jump on the wagon, and of late all the new found Jets fans, because of the big name signings and so forth!. If I lived in Oakland I’d have season tickets and go see everygame, just for the atmosphere, the parking lot experiences, and cuz I loves me some Raiders. Even when things look bleek, phuck, I’d pay the money for a ticket just to ride the BART in!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    kool kell well said

  • 89052RAIDER

    I love Cam as a player on the rise, but this deal is moronic as was tagging him.

  • CuzImaRaider

    Great news, finally this gets done!

  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    Isn’t that more guaranteed money than Nnamdi?

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Wibley’s agent holding out for this deal will cost the Raiders TE Zach Miller.

    Had Wimbley signed a deal 3 days ago then Zach would have been signed.

    Al needs to get a GM.

  • RaiderDuck

    89052RAIDER Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    This contract is a symptom of the disease that has plagued the organization for 8 years. Why did we Tag Wimbley? By doing so, Al forced himself into grossly over paying him in order to free space. Not tagging him in the first place would have been the most prudent move.

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

    It was either tag him or watch him go UFA right after picking up 9 sacks. Not a good idea.

  • http://www.tube8.com NoLuv4Hoes

    Wimbley = Pitos

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    29 million guranteed sounds like a lot of money for Wimbley.

    20 million guranteed soulds like a lot of money for Stanford Routt, too.

    Neither has been consistent in their careers, so far.
    ————————————————
    True.

    AL is the devil.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    dude 1 good year every 1′s all jacked up.dude get 48 mil for one good year.al davis u suck.i hate you

  • Kirk

    This is crazy.

  • RaiderDuck

    From The Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Isn’t that more guaranteed money than Nnamdi?

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    Yes, but that’s irrelevant. Nnamdi wasn’t coming back, no matter what.

  • da trinity

    Another big contract to a player not worthy of it, I wonder how much is gonna be paid to him this year, but one thing that u got to admit, is all takes care of his playas, I don’t now why other players wouldn’t, want to come here and get paid

  • 89052RAIDER

    This does not quash my hope for an improved run defense and big things from Mcfadden, Bush, and Chaz. I just wish Alk would spend less. WTF is he thinking on the Roudt/Wimbley deals?

  • CuzImaRaider

    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    89052RAIDER Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    This contract is a symptom of the disease that has plagued the organization for 8 years. Why did we Tag Wimbley? By doing so, Al forced himself into grossly over paying him in order to free space. Not tagging him in the first place would have been the most prudent move.

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

    It was either tag him or watch him go UFA right after picking up 9 sacks. Not a good idea.

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    I agree! Phuck look at that deal the Panthers gave Charles Johnson after one good year!

  • CODEBLACK2011

    I really hope that contract is backloaded.

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    Yeah, I think Nnamdi’s guranteed money was 29 million.

  • bcz24

    9 fkn sacks got this guy this contract? WTF. The only way I see this working out is if al lumped a big sum of the guarantee into year 3 (2014) when the new tv deal will be negotiated causing a significant bump in the cap. This ‘more cap friendly deal’ blows my mind

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    the reason the deal is 5th highest amoung LB is b/c the money keeps rising. after next contract he will be 6th and so on. and as far as miller ya hes great and as a raider fan will also remember his play but im ok with losing him and getting a true #1 WR…. as long as that happens

  • http://www.tube8.com NoLuv4Hoes

    Al Davis = Pitos

  • da trinity

    the only way he’ll justify this contract is if wimbley gets 10 + sacks the next 5 years by the way this contract doesn’t seem cap friendly lol

  • bcz24

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    In six months, Wimbley has agreed to first 4 mil, then 11 mil and now $29 million guaranteed … When #Raiders call, he runs to the phone
    1 minute ago

  • RaiderLen

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    Guess we will keep michael bush. Zach is long gone now. That hurts. we have 0 proven WR’s, if we don;t get Floyd or steve smith were done. 8 in the box like jamarcus russell days.
    ——————————–
    So Because Kam signed this deal Z is gone?

    Just the opposite. It reduces the cap. It gives the team more flexibility.

  • radrntn

    now sign miller.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    dude wtf does nobody remember how much money c.j has got hiram who? has got and stanford bum now wimbley this is madness i cant take this ish no more al.cheers to another losing season fellas!

  • Silverandblack666

    I agree with KoolKell (rare)

    Paying Wimbly like he is Patrick Willis is BS!

    Paying Routt like he is Nnamdi is BS!

    This is why we couldn’t sign other players out there we are wasting money on average players.

    I love Wimbly don’t get me wrong but this is poor money management nothing else can explain it this is a horrible way for a GM to run his team HORRIBLE!!

  • RaiderLen

    Bcz24 Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    In six months, Wimbley has agreed to first 4 mil, then 11 mil and now $29 million guaranteed … When #Raiders call, he runs to the phone
    1 minute ago
    ————————————
    Ouch

  • da trinity

    man now I’m gonna have a hard time getting the raiders under the cap in madden 2012

  • bcz24

    Im sure this deal is worth about 3-5 mil towards the cap this year, progressively getting higher as the cap grows, but wtf man if this guy flops we got 5 more years of dead money chasing us

  • CODEBLACK2011

    that stupid 30% rule screwed us over bad this year. we should have had kam for around 4 mil this year.

  • bcz24

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    And Wimbley gets three days to celebrate, as it’s now a new contract and per CBA he can’t practice with #Raiders until Thursday
    2 minutes ago
    **************
    No we know why Kam wasnt at practice today

  • YoungAmerican

    per Clayton:

    The Raiders freed up significant cap room by extending the contract of LB Kamerion Wimbley for five years at $48 Million.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Hmmmmm

    CODE BLACK 2011

  • Silverandblack666

    Nnamdi was guaranteed 25 Million

    Our owner gives Routt 20 plus and Wimbly 29

  • YoungAmerican

    that stupid 30% rule screwed us over bad this year. we should have had kam for around 4 mil this year.

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    Yep. Multiple players could have been re-signed earlier for cheaper.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Wimbley being greedy could cost us Zach Miller.

    Fans need to let him know about it if Zach ends up in Seattle.

  • RaiderLen

    I never got the 11 mil franchise tender for Wimbley.

    Having said that, the new deal DOES help free up $$$ for more immediate issues.