It looks like the Raiders are preparing to part ways with Kamerion Wimbley. Bill Williamson of ESPN noted that the franchise hasn’t had any discussions with Wimbley’s representation in “several days”. That would seem to indicate that the pass rushing specialist is placing the ball squarely in the Raiders court knowing full and well that he’ll have plenty of suitors should he hit the open market.
Like some of us Wimbley likes his place of employment. Like most all of us Wimbley doesn’t like his employer so much that he’s willing to take less money to stay there. Not when he can get top dollar elsewhere.
Thus a business decision is going to have to be made. Unlike Richard Seymour and Michael Huff, who both delayed payments and took on extra contact years to help the cap-strapped Raiders, Wimbley’s deal calls for some major cash commitments in the coming months. Therefore it would take more than creative accounting to make Wimbley’s cap figure work. He’d have to accept a brand new contract.
As stated previously, the Raiders’ loss could be to the benefit of their AFC West rivals. The San Diego Chargers, who Wimbley abused in dynamic fashion this past season, are in the market for a pass rusher. Of course they won’t be the only team interested in his services. That’s why it makes no sense at all for Wimbley to take a pay cut. He’s going to get his coin one way or another be it from the Raiders, one of their rivals or any number of teams that will bid for his services.