NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi reports that the Raiders will release linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on Friday.
This move has been expected for quite some time. As Florio has explained, the Raiders would have guaranteed Wimbley $17.5 million had they kept him on their roster through Saturday.
While the Raiders are still on the hook for $6.5 million of Wimbley’s $11 million base salary, releasing him saves them $4.5 million in 2012 cap space.
Once Wimbley’s release becomes official, he’ll be the top free agent pass rusher available on the open market. Expect virtually every team that missed out on the Mario Williams sweepstakes to turn its attention to Wimbley.