By Steve Corkran
Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 12:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.
On a day in which 28 teams received $1.6 million in additional salary cap space as a result of transgressions by the Redskins and Cowboys, the Raiders are busy worrying about some final manueverings before the start of free agency.
Naturally, the most-pressing decision is whether to honor the $11 million salary for outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley or just sever ties, eat $6.5 million of guaranteed money for 2012 and be satisfied with a $4.5 million saving this season alone.
Wimbley’s agent, Joe Linta, said Sunday that he hasn’t received a call from the Raiders of late and that he hasn’t made any to general manager Reggie McKenzie.
In other words, McKenzie isn’t interested in redoing Wimbley’s deal, at least before free agency starts, or else he wouldn’t have waited this long. Free agency commences Tuesday.
The NFL punished the Redskins and Cowboys for front-loading contracts in 2010 during an uncapped year, which resulted in the Cowboys losing $10 million in cap space and the Redskins $36 million, according to an ESPN report.
In turn, 29 teams received an additional $1.6 million in cap room. The Raiders and Saints are the only two teams unaffected by the league’s ruling. Presumably, the Raiders and Saints also were guilty, just to a far-lesser degree.