As reported last week, the Raiders were expected to release LB Kamerion Wimbley before the cap deadline by Tuesday as he was due an $11 million cap hit. The team was able to get under the cap by the deadline, thus buying more time before his money was due today.
This morning Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reported that those close to Wimbley expected him to be released later on today before his money was due.
But did the Raiders announce his release without actually announcing it?
This morning, the Raiders rolled out a series of tweets for Follow Friday, it included the current players, and Raiders from the past. Some players they sent out rarely use their Twitter accounts, and some of them are on all the time. But there was one guy missing. The tweets the team sent out did not include @Mr_Wimbley96.
I may be taking this out of context, or I may be reading between the lines here. But although it was not officially announced, it looks as if the Raiders are leaning towards the release of Wimbley. He led the team in sacks in 2010 and was half a sack behind Tommy Kelly in 2011 for leading the team, and has been a bright spot for the Raiders since arriving via trade from the Browns.
Wimbley’s agent Joe Linta has said to have had no contact with the organization, and that “drama continued” when Pro Football Talk asked the status of Wimbley and the team.
If he is released, Wimbley will have plenty of phone calls for his services and he’ll continue to build his resume after a few bad years in Cleveland where he did not live up to expectations.
Update: five minutes after I wrote this up, the Raiders rolled out another tweet for Follow Friday, Wimbley was included.
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