NFL.com's Jason La Canfora has reported that a source has told him that if Raiders' LB Kamerion Wimbley does not agree to restructure his deal, the team will cut him before the start of the season. The team would still owe Wimbley $6.5 million guaranteed but would save the remaining $4.5 million in his salary this season in addition to avoiding a trigger in his deal that would guarantee a future amount of $19 million in subsequent years of his contract.
The La Canfora report doesn't explicitly state that Wimbley would have to take a pay cut, but it certainly seems likely. Profootballtalk.com certainly is taking the tact that it's a paycut in their coverage of the report. The restructuring would also serve to spread out Wimbley's cap hit. Wimbley has reportedly refused to take a pay cut so this may mean that he will hit the free agent market later this month.
Wimbley has been with the Raiders since March of 2010 when the Raiders traded for him from the Browns in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft. He was moved to Strongside Linebacker where he has flourished, especially in a pass rushing role. He is the Raiders best pass rush option currently on the roster. He has 16 sacks in two seasons with the Raiders.
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This is Reggie McKenzie making a statement: "This team doesn't care about the money, cares about the discipline". And that's a loud message. First came Routt., now is Wimbley. We're paying him 6.5 million dollar to leave, so we're just saving 4.5 million dollar, I bet neither McKenzie nor anyone else will find a better pass rusher for less than 4.5 million dollar, but here he goes showing discipline and respect to the team before anything else. I like it. This might be a hard year, some players are leaving and there will be no draft picks to replace them and there will be no cap space to sign big free agents. This is like having a really bitter medicine to get well from a long, long cold.
I actually like Wimbley, but if he doesn't restructure it makes sense to cut him!
This is a fresh start, and everyone who is overpaid and isn't a teamplayer who want's to restructure needs to be cut! ... I understand if he takes the money and leaves - he is not a Raider by heart - but i hope he decides to restructure and be an important part of the future!
@Harder2000 I hope so... but I know he's leaving, some team will pay him at least the 4.5 million dollar we're not willing to give him. It will be a great deal to him (get 6.5 million form us and whatever his new team gives him), a great deal for his new team, who's mot likely getting a reallly good pass rusher for a low price and believe it or not, it's a good deal for the Raiders, cause this team is showing everybody around the league that we're no longer giving away big contracts to players who don't deserve them.
@Black_Nightmare @Harder2000 What concerns me most about Wimbley, is that he will probably sign with another AFC West team if the Raiders do indeed cut him. Wimbley is a very fine talent, and I could see a team like the Chargers signing him in a second once he hits the open market...A Charger signing of Wimbley would be the ultimate worst case scenario for me...
@nilbymouth Great Point Nilby!
Completely forgot about the 4 year contract, and it is indeed a good sign imo as well!
It usually takes 3 years in order to be able to properly judge a draftclass, and to some extent the same thing goes for the HC imo!
This coming year will be the first step of the new era, and the focus will be on cleaning house, getting the changes in and stabilizing the organization for the future! The hope will still be playoffs, but the vision is for the future!
Allen was not allowed to sign all the coaches he wanted (other teams wouldn't allow it), so i would already now expect certain changes next year when he and Reggie has the time and resources to go after the available coaches in the league - and the same goes for FAs when our cap can handle it and they know the squad we have!
It is truly exciting, and it greatly look forward to see it all unfold in a (i am confident) great way for the future Silver and Black!
I agree. I also like the fact Allen has a 4 year contract. This to me shows McKenzie is smart and knows that you can't change coaches and the way a team plays in a season.
This season may not bring a lot of wins, but I see it being a real building block for many many years to come. Cutting some of these out of whack contracts may not help us this season (and the little draft picks we have won't help) but once all this dead money is gone after this season we will be in great cap shape for the future and McKenzie won't have any more of these out of whack contracts to deal with. Maybe then we can sign some top name Free Agents. Guys like Matt Schaub, LeSean McCoy, Greg Jennings, Chad Clifton, Jake Long, Max Unger, Chris Long, Jerod Mayo, James Laurinaitis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be all potential Free Agents.
We'll find out soon enough, but in the long run it will end out in our favor either way as this is a rebuilding faze where the foundation for the future is laid out! Exciting times in our organization nonetheless, and we always knew that some of the good or at least solid players would have to go because of contract issues - it's pretty much "get onboard ... or get off" right now!
Spartacus that worries me also. And to be honest I can understand him feeling as though he shouldn't have to reconstruct his deal one year into it (as I felt with Routt). But at the same time I can also understand the McKenzie and the teams side of things. This is a business and McKenzie and Allen etc don't have any "loyalty" to these players as no player ever really has no real "loyalty" to the team either.
In saying this if he's cut I am not too worried. This whole roster pretty much needs a good guttering. Wimbley had one decent year and the rest have been average. Maybe Scott can step up his game? This upcoming season we might not go any where but it will lay the foundation for years to come. And just imagine how much under the cap we will be next season with all the the dead money that will comes off!