Raiders franchise Kamerion Wimbley

On Tuesday we passed along the report that the Raiders had exercised a one-year, $3.5 million buyback option on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. But on Wednesday we heard from a source who said that buyback would violate the 30 percent rule, and we were curious to see whether that buyback would be voided.

Now the NFL Management Council has, in fact, ruled that the buyback broke the 30 percent rule, and the Raiders have responded to that ruling by putting the franchise tag on Wimbley.

Adam Caplan of was first to report that the Raiders had franchised Wimbley, and he notes that the deal between Wimbley and the Raiders was a complex situation that we haven’t seen before. There’s been a lot of confusion over the last week about what the status of Wimbley would be heading into the uncertain offseason, but now it seems clear that he will stay with the Raiders and earn a hefty salary. If he signs the franchise tender, it would be a one-year deal for more than $10 million, meaning the events of the last few days have earned Wimbley about $7 million for 2011.

The uncertainty with Wimbley may be why the Raiders were in such a hurry to get a deal done with Stanford Routt. Getting Routt’s contract done freed them up to use the franchise tag on Wimbley.

The biggest remaining question for the Raiders is whether they can hold on to tight end Zach Miller, who was also a candidate for the franchise tag.

19 responses to “Raiders franchise Kamerion Wimbley

  1. What in the world is the Al doing? He’s forever screwing up the market with these crazy outrageous deals. Now 10 million for Wimbley?

  2. Wait, is the tag for a DE or an OLB? he played OLB so why is he getting paid DE money? OLB’s tag isn’t $10 million, is it?

  3. The Raiders aren’t going to waste the franchise tag on Zach Miller when they aren’t even certain he will become a free agent. His situation solely comes down to the new CBA. Why waste the tag on him if they have the right to match any deal next year if/when he becomes a restricted free agent???

  4. Not a Great move! But we gave up a 3rd or a 4th for him last year.. So we can’t waste picks like that… I honestly would have like to see the tag on Miller, but w/ Shockey and a few other te’s available we may want to wait..

    And plus Wimbley had 11 1/2 sacks and he’s olny 27…

  5. All thease first round picks and all this tallent and the best they can do is 8-8. Keep on keeping on Al Davis you old Goat.

  6. Although wimbley is a good lb, I personally believe there’s enough depth at lb in Oakland. They could have used the tag on huff or gallery… this disappoints me

  7. Messing up the market? A franchise tag has nothing to do with the market. I don’t know about 10mil he is good but 10 mil for wimblet 10 for route? I hope that’s not true and 1w for seymore. Not sure if the number are right but I’m pretty sure I’m close.

  8. “itsburgfeelers says: Feb 24, 2011 4:16 PM

    All thease first round picks and all this tallent and the best they can do is 8-8. Keep on keeping on Al Davis you old Goat.”

    Because we had Cable. We were better than 8-8. If Hue fails. Al gives up and gives control to Coach Chin.

  9. he was solid last year, he can become GREAT if he continues to play hard with awareness or he takes this second big paycheck like he did with the browns and play like garbage

  10. titsburgfeelers says:
    Feb 24, 2011 4:16 PM

    “All thease first round picks and all this tallent and the best they can do is 8-8. Keep on keeping on Al Davis you old Goat.”

    Thats why they fired freakin Cable “dumb A$$”


  11. Whats the record for stupidest moves in one offseason?

    Al must be owning it by now with moves like this.

  12. I’m a Patriots fan and I have no use for the Oakland Raiders, their fans, tuck rule whining, or Al Davis. But I must admit he stole a third round pick and 2 fifths from Belichick for Doug Gabriel and Derrick Burgess. Two guys who made the same number of plays in a Patriot uniform as I did. I hope Seymour for #17 this year doesn’t turn out as bad as those deals did.

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