Though the Raiders weren’t able to keep their highest-profile free agent, they ensured that this year’s franchise player won’t be following Nnamdi Asomugha out of town in 2012.
Earlier this year, Wimbley signed a one-year, $11.3 million franchise tender, which means that he has, as a practical matter, signed a four-year extension with $36.7 million in new money and $17.7 million in new guarantees.
But, yeah, $48 million and $29 million guaranteed sounds a heck of a lot better.
A first-round pick of the Browns in 2006, Wimbley arrived in Oakland via trade during the 2010 offseason. The Raiders gave up a third-round pick in the 2010 draft to get him.
Per NFL.com’s player page, Wimbley had 9.0 sacks last season. He has 35.5 for his five-year career.