Raiders tell Wimbley he’s being released


As expected, the Raiders will part ways with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, less than a year after signing him to a multi-year deal.

Agent Joe Linta tells PFT that Wimbley has been given the news that he’ll be given his walking papers.

“He’s cut,” Linta said via email.  “We tried this afternoon to make it work this afternoon, but there were too many constraints with the Raiders cap and cash situation.  [G.M.] Reggie [McKenzie] was a real pro trying to make it work.  Good guy.  Kamerion is going to take the weekend to see which teams may have an interest.”

The move had to happen Friday because if Wimbley were on the roster as of Saturday, an additional $4.5 million in 2012 base salary would have become fully guaranteed, $11 million in full salary guarantee for 2013 would have been triggered, and $2 million of Wimbley’s base salary in 2014 would have become fully guaranteed.

Thus, the Raiders avoiding $17.5 million by cutting Wimbley.

And so he hits the open market, only three days after the market opened.  Don’t be surprised if he lands with the Chiefs.  Coach Romeo Crennel drafted Wimbley in 2006, when Crennel was head coach of the Browns.

57 responses to “Raiders tell Wimbley he’s being released

  1. Didn’t you report this earlier today. Why is it news that they are now telling him, when he already knows?

  2. Wimberly is en route to Cincinnati now, via conestoga wagon, to meet with Mike Brown, and should arrive in Cincy no later than next Spring.

  3. Hey Kamerion, there is a guy on the phone who says he is Bill Belichick, what should I tell him???

  4. lets see all we need now is a OLB, DB , OC., RG, RT, TE… least we have two draft picks to fill the void.

  5. Too spotty to pay that kind of money. He’s
    not Jared Allen, he’s not even JPP, and watching
    trying to cover was painful. So we move on!
    Reggie Reggie Reggie! Good Move!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  6. Sounds good… Gut the whole organization… then BK it!! I hear the LCFL is looking for teams…

  7. Without question, this is a tough loss. Enough of the hacking, let’s start building. Sure would be nice to see some additions….

  8. You can’t release everyone… apparently not from a lack of trying.

    what are your plans for filling out the roster Reg??
    we went from a game away from the playoffs to urban renewal..

    so far you suck Reg.

  9. lets see all we need now is a OLB, DB , OC., RG, RT, TE… least we have two draft picks to fill the void.


    Hmm…Let’s see. TE is Ausberry/Myers. RT is Barksdale. OC is Satele if he’s re-signed or Wiz if he is moved to center. RG is Carlisle re-signed at a better cap number or someone new with the cap money now available. OLB and DB are TBD with the now available cap funds. We have not lost anybody yet that can’t be replaced by a good, young player already on the roster or a yet to be determined good, lower profile free agent (Lofton, Porter, Briesel, etc). And when I say lower profile, I mean these guys just are not getting the pub as the supposed hot pick ups. Fact is, they are just as good or better and come a lot cheaper.

  10. What does this have to do with Peyton Favre? He would be so upset that this article did not revolve around him.

  11. Another player gone and no signings. Guess the Raiders will only have one team, offense and defense will be the same players. How much under the cap are they now? Big Al is still very much alive with the Raiders and will be for years to come. GO RAIDERS. Sign someone worth while.

  12. I’m not saying he’s a world beater but he’s better than what we have now….and at some point you need to have a full roster..
    It’s not like we have a draft to fill these voids.


  13. His claim to fame is that the Ravens basically traded Kamerion for Ngata. We traded up one slot with the Browns to draft Ngata and gave them a 6th round pick to move up one slot. We take Ngata. The Browns take Wimbely. Ngata is a ProBowler, Wimbely is going to his third team, Ozzie will go to the HOF as a GM had he not made it as a player and Phil Savage got fired. Got all that? There will be a test this afternoon.

  14. you people need to stop worrying that all these positions aren’t filled yet, do you guys realize free agency started only a couple days ago? We still have several months even before preseason, and we don’t need any big names, cant you tell we have enough almost every starter on our team is a first round pick. Just let reggie do his thing give him time to get these bums out of here and bring in some hungry guys that aren’t huge names, but produce big!

  15. yes the Bill will keep signing people because their cap will be so easy to handle with a 100 million dollar defensive end on it.

    And to all those Bills fans who think that their path to the superbowl is clear now with their shiny new toy, remember that the Texans didn’t make the playoff once with him playing regularly. They DID make the playoffs with Mario on IR for 11 games.

    Not that it has anything to do with Wimbley.

  16. Joe Linta is a liar.

    he goes from “Kam has a contract, he will honor it.” to “we tried to make it work, Raiders have cap issues.”

    Uh, the releasing of Kam puts us at 15 mil BELOW the cap. No issues there liar.

    Basically its Big Reg telling them to GFY for not being a team player like all other restructures.

    Kam knows the only way he got the contract he had is because the league office balked at his original franchise tag numbers that Al gave him!

    Good player, no question. Got lucky the league upped his contract and sacrificing his image for the 6.5 mil he would have gotten anyway.

  17. Who is going to take his spot now? Trevor Scott? Ricky Brown? who is gona rush the passer now for god’s sake? I think McKenzie doesn’t value pass rushers too much, somebody should tell him that those don’t grow on trees and they get paid. He better reedem himself and try at least to bring home Freeney.
    Right now i’m a pretty pissed raider fan.

  18. what his agent meant was, “we were not going to give back any of the money that i stole from a dying man”.

  19. Reggie isn’t active in this first round of FA cause he needs many pieces. We knew that (or at least some did). Be patient, second round he is in…
    he’s been making his spending money..

  20. Lots of Paranoia Raider Fans on this Post –

    Ease up RaiderNation! we’re still trimming fat, we still have 50 of the top 100 agents out there who need a job! The draft is coming and lets face it, Kam was a class act, but in reality that $$ is to be paid for top dogs..he was lost at times last year and hardly made an impact – We need some run stuffing LB’s that make an impact on running plays- he was a tweener that worked well on Marshall’s defense and that wouldve worked out very well if he stuck around on D.A. Game plan. Hope he re-considers and comes back for less as we left the door open for them.
    As for K.C. they will find out fast what we have been up against this off-season. The signings are for high-risk players that are always injured –

    So sit back enjoy the view and applaud what Reggie is doing now, somebody had to go, you figured Kam wouldve re-structured for a lot less.

    We’re alright – none of the high end FA’s made a huge impact, he know’s what he needs to do leave him alone!

    Raiders4Life baby!!

    RaiderMike34 In LA!

  21. we still have the guys on my wish list –

    Tracy Porter – CB
    Manny Lawson – LB
    Curtis Lofton – LB
    Chris Myers – C
    David Hawthorne – LB
    Mike Wallace – WR

  22. Another overpayed player has been eliminated. Blame Al Davis for not extending him at the proper pricetag. McKenzie is building that spending money up. I still wouldnt mind seeing other contracts restructured or even Tommy Kelly cut. The quicker the Raiders can become fiscally responsible the quicker we’ll probably start winning. Remember were a defensive minded team now, you can win scrappy like that. You don’t need big names and pricetags.

  23. Every move the Raiders have made since Al Davis death has been to down grade the Raiders. Jackson for Allen, downgrade, Al Davis for Mckenzie?, HUGE downgrade, D Line coach switch, O Line coach switch and on and on down grade.

    And now dismantling all of Al Davis hand picked players. Here is something I got from an unnamed source, McKenzie really is working for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Oakland Raiders Died with Al Davis and the installation of his Bozo the Clown son as owner. The Raiders are a JOKE, to all that wanted to see Al Davis step aside, ENJOY. Routt for Underwood?, LOL A WHOLE BUNCH.

  24. Unless he wants to be a cheap backup, I don’t see why the Chiefs would go after him. They already got good bookend starting OLBs in Hali and Houston.

  25. invaiduh says: Mar 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    what are your plans for filling out the roster Reg??
    we went from a game away from the playoffs to urban renewal..

    A game away from the playoffs in a weak division isn’t the same as being a contender. If you weren’t pissed off at the way that defense played last season, you are on the wrong meds.

  26. @apologist…
    cause the giants came from such a strong division.
    guess ur meds have you thinking you’re going to play olb…I want what your taking.

  27. invaiduh says: Mar 16, 2012 10:39 PM

    cause the giants came from such a strong division.
    guess ur meds have you thinking you’re going to play olb…I want what your taking.

    I’m not against ya, invaiduh. I’m just tired of lousy defense.

  28. God move Reggie….Its not like they didn’t want to keep him. He just wouldn’t restructure his blown up contract! Like I have said before, cut that piece of crap overpriced so called 1st rounder and free up some cap space for some good Db’s. We could get two or even 3 good signs with the money saved from the ego inflated cast away who obviously showed all us Raider fans what the team meant to him. I dont remember Stabler, Alzado, Matuzak, or Upshaw crying about their pay!!! We dont need guys like that who play for the money instead of championships. Look at our boys already who have taken one for the team in pay cuts….Its those kinds of players and that kind of determination that will win us the Lombardi Trophy’s!!!!!! And yes plural baby!!!

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