Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will earn more than $11 million from the Raiders as a result of the contract he signed a year or so ago. The Raiders aren’t so inclined to watch that figure grow to nearly $30 million.
Hence, general manager Reggie McKenzie is working with McKenzie’s agent, Joe Linta, about a reworked deal that frees up some salary cap room for 2012 and lessens the guaranteed money due Wimbley if he’s still on the Raiders roster as of Mar. 17.
Wimbley’s contract calls for him to earn $11 million in 2012. Of that, $6.5 million is guaranteed, even if the Raiders release him at any time.
ProFootballTalk.com on Thursday learned that things get even worse for the Raiders if they fail to get something done within the next two weeks or so.
The remainder of Wimbley’s 2012 contract ($4.5 million) becomes guaranteed Mar. 17, as does an $11 million salary for 2013 and $2 million of his salary for 2014.
Add up the figures, including Wimbley’s 2011 salary, and that’s the $29 million late owner Al Davis “guaranteed” Wimbley when he gave him the long-term deal last season. In reality, the only guarantee was that Wimbley would see at least $11.2 million of that amount.
How much more, if any, he gets is up to McKenzie and Wimbley.
It’s conceivable that Wimbley will hold firm, force the Raiders to release him, hit free agency and cash in on another mega deal.
One thing seems certain: Wimbley has a tough decision to make between now and Mar. 13, when the Raiders have to be in compliance with the salary cap.
He has said he enjoys playing for the Raiders, who traded for him in 2010. New coach Dennis Allen no doubt would love to have Wimbley as part of his future. Yet, it’s apparent that the marriage won’t move forward without some drastic changes.
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