More news on the Oakland defensive front as Jason La Canfora reports the Raiders have placed their franchise tag on Kamerion Wimbley. Just a couple days ago Oakland expressed their intent to exercise a buy-back option on Wimbley’s rookie deal. But that was before the league stepped in and declared the buy-back in violation of the 30% rule.
Instead of allowing their leading sacker to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent, the Raiders placed a franchise tag worth $10-million on Wimbley. That roughly equates to just under $1-million per sack for the versatile defender.
While the hopes of negotiating a long term deal with Wimbley remain alive the next concern is how this affects Zach Miller.
Many thought Miller would be the one to get tagged. Now that this is not option it would seem to indicate talks of a new deal with Oakland’s best threat in the passing game are in the works. At least we hope so.
There is no doubt that Wimbley’s arrival helped to spearhead one of the best pass rushes in all of the NFL last season. But his importance pales in comparison to what Miller means to the offense.
For a team known for showing their players the money, Oakland had better be willing to dig deep for Zach. Without him, an offense already heavily dependant on the run becomes as one dimensional as a pre-school art show.