Despite an intention by the NFLPA to challenge 2011 franchise tenders applied by NFL teams from February 10 through February 24, nothing stops a player from accepting the offer.
Several have, and now Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will be joining them.
Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports that that Wimbley will sign his franchise tender, converting the contested tender offer to a binding one-year contract that will pay Wimbley $11.312 million for one season, guaranteed.
That’s a healthy increase over the $3.5 million buyback the Raiders had attempted to exercise before the league determined that it violated the 30-percent rule.
Wimbley, a first-round draft pick of the Browns in 2006, was traded last year to Oakland. He started every game of the 2010 season with the Raiders.