Raiders release Wimbley


As expected, the Raiders parted ways with their best pass rusher Friday, releasing outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley before $17.5 million in guarantees was set to kick in on the contract he signed last training camp.

The Raiders confirmed the move in a post on their Twitter account.

Wimbley, with 16 sacks in two seasons, still will receive $6.5 million from the Raiders in 2012 and now is on the open market. He could add considerably more cash as the top pass rusher available.

Wimbley had seven sacks in 2011, four against the San Diego Chargers, and was 15th in the NFL with 31 knockdowns and hurries, according to the statistical service STATS, LLC.

The Raiders managed to get under the $120.6 million salary cap without cutting Wimbley, but they cleared $4.5 million more after his release.

Originally retained as an exclusive franchise player, Wimbley agreed to a contract extension under the Al Davis regime that paid him more than $11 million last year in salary and bonus money.

If Wimbley were on the roster past Friday, he would have been due an additional $4.5 million this year, his entire $11 million salary next season would have beem guaranteed, as would have $2 million in salary in 2014.

Linta, has said repeatedly in recent days that there had been no contact with the Raiders after they initially balked at taking a pay cut.

When coach Dennis Allen was hired, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie talked of dealing getting “out-of-whack” contracts in line as Oakland put its financial house in order.

Cornerback Stanford Routt was released Feb. 3 before a big roster bonus was due, cutting the cord on a five-year extension that could have been worth as much as $54.5 million and that essentially paid Routt some $15 million last season.

Routt signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on a deal that guarantees him $6 million this season.

Oakland is also paying $2 million this season to tight end Kevin Boss, who the club released Wednesday after one year of service.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider Nation-Station

    “Reggieball” takes his first Free Agent gamble on CB Ron Bartell…



    They broke this story an hour b4 anyone…

  • JLofty

    Knowing that an hour earlier would have simply MADE MY DAY! Not…

  • GG

    Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 222.
    40 Time: 4.44.
    Bench: 28.
    Vertical: 36. Broad: 10-2.
    Hand: 9 3/4.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.
    3/12/12: Turbin is a sleeper prospect who has some speed and is extremely strong. He showed that off with good speed and strength at the Combine. In 2011, Turbin averaged 6.1 yards per carry with 1,517 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 171 yards and four scores as well. In 2009, Turbin broke out with 1,296 yards and 13 touchdowns. He missed the 2010 season because of an injury. Turbin is put together well and is an elusive runner.

    We have some compensatory picks end of the 3rd round. It’s possible Turbin is a target here. McFadden-Jones-Turbin

  • Seymour Bush

    bcz24 Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Chicago is the first team ever to hold a press conference with their BACK UP quarterback. LOL. Mistic work for Dah Bears up in Chi-town?

    The Bears should have been in the Championship hunt last year. Losing Cutler really hurt them. And Caleb Hanie was not the answer. Even tho Hanie ALMOST beat us, thanks once again to Hue pissing that game away.

  • bcz24

    Sh1t thats a wrap. DAMMIT MAN there goes my bracket.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    5/20 for Brisiel

  • Raidernationdave

    The Washington Post is reporting that Schilens will “be given the chance to win the No. 2 starting job opposite Santonio Holmes since Plaxico Burress is a free agent…”

    That’s rich!!!!!!

    The guy wasn’t even no. 2 quality when he was here. Actually, he was No. 2 quality when he was here because he only produced piles of ***t when he was here!!

  • Seymour Bush

    LA to TheBay Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Clap clap clap clap.

    Solid, though unspectacular moves.

    Bartell is a playmaker (forces fumbles, tips passes, gets a few sacks) and Briesiel is a MENCH.

    Need more of these types.

    Osgood anyone?

    Guys that actually LOVE the game. Actual football players. There is another one of those wandering around that is in the news every 8 seconds. His name is Manning.

  • No Mas Diamante

    So RG is set and LT seems set as well. So who is going to play RT? C? LG? Where will wiz play? Wiz at center makes sense. That’s what he was when he was drafted.

  • Marks hair

    Wow johnsons deal saves the lions 10mil in cap space this yr.. Dks.

  • bcz24

    That’s what he was when he was drafted.
    Wiz was a guard at Penn St. He is a MUCH better guard than he is a center. He is staying at guard.

  • GG

    veldheer-wiz-??-brisiel-barksdale/winston (pending)

  • Marks hair

    304. Yeah alot of people are looking at him..

  • Haters going to hate

    Raiders should go after Chris Myers but I think he will cost too much.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I keep seeing Winston listed has their been some secret visit I do not know about?

    After looking at the two Centers available in FA (Collins and Meyers) one was drafted in the 5th and the other in the 6th. Maybe with the Comp picks we should just sign Satele and see if one of them can compete?

  • GG

    brisiel RG and winston RT makes sense for us, our right side was poor, Frank Pollack former texans OL coach now Raiders OL coach, winston still testing market, but a good bet to prefer raiders

  • YoungAmerican

    1 year, $3 million for Bartel. A little higher than I thought it would be, but it is likely a cap-friendly deal. We’ll find out more soon, I’m sure.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Wiz makes a great LG, but is still better then any Center we have on the roster, so untill we can upgrade Center, he gonna play that. And he was a gaurd in college.

  • GG

    but dont flame me if i get that wrong, got 2/2 so far.

  • bcz24

    No way to make a 1 year deal cap friendly. It will cost us 3 mill towards the cap.

  • Master Beeecham

    HA HA did Brian the Genital’s cousin do his classic choke job again?

    Although losing to a 15 seed is much better than I thought they’d do.

    I was expecting a blowout in the 1st round of the NIT to Western Boise Tech Community College.

    Anyway, cousin can now take his Washington General act straight to the “sports room” and get a fresh beer from the dorm fridge

    Just another classic Kelly Family tank job for the blooper reel!


  • PlunkforHOF

    Bummer.. really sorry B@uce, Michael had a great game though.

  • LA to TheBay

    bcz24 Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    No way to make a 1 year deal cap friendly. It will cost us 3 mill towards the cap.


    You sure? Even if there’s some sort of injury or incentive clause?

    I know you cant spread a 1 year deal, obviously, but does the total amount of contract also count 100% as a cap hit?

  • JLofty

    Barksdale is the RAIDERS RT in 2012! Kid’s gunna rock it…

  • YoungAmerican

    You sure? Even if there’s some sort of injury or incentive clause?


    Yeah, this is what I meant. Could be a max of $3 million with incentives.

  • JLofty

    Plunk which kid was B’s cuz? Dixon?

  • GG

    Regarding Center…

    Chris Meyers could draw interest from the Raiders. Going the whole hog with Meyers-Brisiel-Winston re-grouping.

    Scott Wells would be out of our reach. Otherwise it’s Satele re-signed.

  • bcz24

    It might be a split contract, where if he goes on IR then it only counts as half, but for now the 3 mill counts. I doubt if he signed a split contract, but if he did, and he does get hurt then we will get a 1.5 mill cap credit next year.

  • Texans right guard Mike Brisiel, an unrestricted free agent, has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Posted by John McClain on a Houston Chronicle blog‎.

  • YoungAmerican

    John McClain ‏ @McClain_on_NFL

    G Mike Brisiel getting $20 mil over 5 years from Raiders. He’d been looking for $4 per. Congrats Mike!

  • PlunkforHOF


  • bcz24

    You count the incentives upfront towards the cap, and get a credit if he doesn’t meet them.

  • GG

    Raiders not only have to address starting OLmen, but back-ups to PUSH starters.

    Barksdale RT on roster but otherwise we have B.Campbell, so Winston RT signing would still make sense not only pairing with Brisiel, (maybe even Myers too), having that continuity there with guys who are all accustomed playing together (Pollack included), but also will help Barksdale improve having to push to be a starter.

  • Seymour Bush

    Bengals lead NFL in cap space, but they haven’t spent a nickel

    And some of you say Carson “quit” on the Bungholes? Mike Brown quits on his franchise.

  • Seymour Bush

    Scott Wells would be out of our reach. Otherwise it’s Satele re-signed.

    Scott Wells is already signed with someone else.

  • Gdog

    He’ll probably get injured signing the contract.

    He played 14 games last year.

    I’d guess that is above average for NFL players… he might do that the rest of his career… I wish him well (especially since he is out of AFCW.)

  • dcraiderfan

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    these guys are destroying the team…4-12
    Worse we are in the basement for at 5 seasons! Thanks to Spuds and Allen!

  • downsouthraider

    Dcraiderfan Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    these guys are destroying the team…4-12
    Worse we are in the basement for at 5 seasons! Thanks to Spuds and Allen!
    You guys are pathetic! Either be on board or get off the ship