The Oakland Raiders have accomplished a goal they set out to accomplish a long, long time ago: re-signing veteran strong side linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, the deal is a 5-year $48 million deal with $29 million of that guaranteed. The deal will take Wimbley’s salary figure down closer to $9 million per year instead of the $11.3 million he would have made if he’d played under the team’s franchise tag.
Wimbley acknowledged the cap indications of his signing a new deal:
"We had some issues with the cap and we needed to try to bring in some players so it was in my best interest and the team’s best interest to try to work out something long term to try to get some players in here this year to help make us a better team. I was with that."
One reason why they rushed the deal through today was the fact that their Pro Bowl tight end, Zach Miller, may have been getting antsy in anticipation of a drawn out waiting game. Miller was in Seattle today visiting with the Seahawks and no doubt his former Head Coach, Tom Cable, who is now the assistant Head Coach and offensive line coach for that club.
So this move saves the team at least $2.3 million in cap room this year and the next move to come across the bottom of your ESPN screen will likely be “Raiders re-sign tight end Zach Miller” to a long term contract as well.
Getting back to Wimbley, the former Cleveland Brown and 13th overall draft choice of the 2006 NFL draft: he had a team high nine sacks to go with 58 tackles, a pass deflection, and a forced fumble for the Raiders following an offseason in which they only traded a third round pick to acquire him.
Wimbley has shown that he is a versatile player for the Raiders in his short time with the team, lining up at 4-3 outside linebacker in their base defensive package and at defensive end in pass defense packages. He became the player that the Cleveland Browns thought he was in his rookie season when he had 11 sacks, 62 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Linebacker Quentin Groves had this to say about his teammate:
"He is so versatile. He is big and athletic, can stop the run on first and second down and then rush the passer on third down. He is a great guy in the locker room as well. If somebody has a question, they go to Kam. He is a silent leader. He leads by actions and by example. He doesn't say a whole lot, but every now and then he tries to joke around a little bit. Couldn't have happpened to a nicer guy."
It may have been a deal where the trade worked out well for both sides, however, because the Browns used the “Wimbley Pick” to get quarterback Colt McCoy, who they think could be the QB they’ve been searching for all these years.
It definitely worked out for the Raiders when they were able to come into this offseason actually not in need of a SAM linebacker. If all goes well, it will be at least five years before they have to worry about that again.
For those wondering if the Raiders can now use their franchise tag on Zach Miller, the answer is that they cannot because there was a deadline to franchsie players that has already passed, plus Wimbley had already signed the deal and was in camp with his teammates. The franchise tag can only be applied once.
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I was hoping that we would free up a bit more space on this deal ... I just hope his play stays at a high level now that his bank balance is full .... last year he played like a man possessed because he had something to prove ... now he has proved it ... who knows ?
after what we did to seattle last year, their offense will be worse and i wouldn't go play for them now and i make $11.00 an hour (ok, maybe i would). but thats a mess zach needs to stay clear of. if he does go, then we got money to add more players and i dont think him being gone will be that big, not with schillens healthy(hopefully), murphy ready to explode and of course ford doing his thing in the slot! not saying he wont be missed, but i think we can survive.
It is great news that Wimbley got his deal in spite of everything terrible that has taken place. The guy will light up QBs on the regular in 2011... double digit sacks easily. lets pray Zach is next on the list and SEA was a scare tactic. this offense is riding on it, because we have ZERO back up TEs.
mannnnn.... if he goes to SEA with Cable ... on top of losing out of Aso and GAITHER, then this will officially be the worst off season in a long time. I don't think Miller WILL sign anywhere else, but you just NEVER KNOW what Cable and Carroll told him when he was there. they paid out big to Sydney Rice, i'm sure they would love to put them two on the field. both coincidentally have injury problems, and many injuries seem to occur in SEA the last few years ... I wonder if they worked out Zach at all? I want to know how that foot of his is doing... we'll see Thursday if he's still a Raider I guess.
He's a good guy Wimbley. A real team guy.
He just struggled with the Brown's system, I thought. And playing on a lousy team. Don't think it was an effort thing. Every time I've seen him on the field, or speak, he's come across as a real leader. He'll probably be a captain in 2011 I expect.
By the way - I'm an Oakland fan living in Bristol! Good to see the Raider Nation is alive and well in the UK
Plus, they already have a pretty good tight end (who they never used!)
I don't buy Miller is going to Seattle at all. Think he's just trying to force things with Oakland.
Seattle don't even use tight ends much in their system. And they already have a good one, who they're paying a lot
Pete Carroll doesn't even use the tight end much in his system.
John Carlson only had 30 catches in 2011. 50% down on the season before Carroll showed up.
We hardly lost out on Gaither. He is still available and wasn't signed for a reason - he is still injured! He had a whole year off and still hasn't recovered, so obviously it is very serious and I honestly would not be surprised if he does not play again
I realize that. it was just a HUGE TEASE man ... the interest of the Raiders filling the need for a true LT just rang in my head and i was doing cartwheels when the announcement was made BY THE TEAM only to have it shot down. something else went on besides his injury ... i bet he wanted too much money. yes i'm sure when he's healthy he'll come crawling back for less money. really though, sit at home or take a smallish contract that still puts food on your table?
i was just bitter about it, still am. what a tease that was ... imagining him at LT and Veldheer at RT ... that would give us SO MUCH depth in every position.
BTW, what really got me excited was the fact that Hue Jackson was trying to add solid OL !!! now? he hasn't tried anything since. 'going with what we got' is the wrong move. these guys are shaky at best. Wis II needs more than Loper and Carlisle beside him. both are BACK UPS at best in this league. It's making me pull my hair out!! they will have to run 2 TE sets all day, also when there's one TE(hopefully Zach), he'll have to help out Veldheer block instead of going out to make a play.
good point. yes i realize it was the smart move by the Raiders. i just want a beast like him anchoring that LT spot. because Veldheer, as further proving in camp, it's ready for that position. RT is where he belongs. just my opinion.