After clearing 11.82 million in cap space yesterday with the re-structuring of Richard Seymour and Michael Huff, the Raiders are expecting to release LB Kamerion Wimbley. Per a report by Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, the Raiders will need to be under the salary cap by Tuesday. Wimbley is scheduled to have a cap hit of $11 million and he is not willing to take a pay-cut.
Wimbley’s agent Joe Linta has said that Wimbley is willing to restructure his deal in a creative way that would allow the Raiders to keep him, but he won’t take less money. Linta has not had contact with the Raiders for a few days now, which leads many to believe that Wimbley will be released by the team before Tuesday.
Wimbley led the Raiders in sacks in 2010 and was a half a sack behind Tommy Kelly in leading the team in 2011. He has been a bright spot on a dim Raiders defense since arriving in Oakland via trade from Cleveland. He was drafted 13th overall by the Browns in the 2006 NFL Draft, but didn’t see success in the league until playing for the Raiders.
If he is released, the Raiders will be pulling from an already soft LB Corps, and new head coach Dennis Allen will have a lot of work to do with his newly acquired defensive unit.
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