The re-signing party in Oakland is in full swing.
Today Kamerion Wimbley was able to shed the dreaded franchise tag as he and the Raiders came to terms on a 5-year deal valued at $48-million. Here is where Wimbley’s agent worked his magic. A reported $29-million of the contract is guaranteed. That’s more guaranteed cash than Nnamdi Asomugha received. Take that, Jeff Lurie!
Wimbley’s story is truly remarkable when you consider how he fell into this 5-year contract.
Last offseason Oakland made an overlooked trade with the Browns to acquire Wimbley. His versatility was key in helping Oakland to achieve its best season since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. His presence on the edge helped make the Raiders one of the best pass rushing defenses in the league. Wimbley was also good against the run which is where the Raiders have struggled mightily in recent years.
Wimbley led the team in sacks during a contract year no less. Before the lockout got underway the Raiders used the franchise tag to keep Wimbley in town. That tag was valued at $11-million so the new contract helps to alleviate some cap space. Cap space that now must surely be marked as Zach Miller bait.