After today the Oakland Raiders will be on the hook for $17.5-million owed to Kamerion Wimbley in the coming year. Unwilling to take a pay cut, Wimbley has left Reggie McKenzie with no other option but to flip the switch on that contract shredder in his office.
Can’t blame Wimbley. It’s not like dude held out for that out-of-whack contract. Can’t blame McKenzie. It’s not like he was the one who gave Wimbley that deal in the first place.
This is the business of football.
This morning PFT reported that Wimbley will be released today and now Jerry McDonald claims the Raiders have already in formed Wimbley he’ll be free to seek employment elsewhere. The Kansas City Chiefs must be licking their chops.
Wimbley will have plenty of suitors on the open market. With Buffalo already teasing their fans by committing millions to Mario Williams, Wimbley will be a hot commodity. Hopefully whichever team signs him Wimbley will have the luxury of playing against third string left tackles next season. That’s when Kamerion is at his best, after all.
For McKenzie this move signals the end of the long process of weeding out all the overly committed cash to middle of the road players. Don’t let his talents fool you. Wimbley is skilled but he’s not an elite level defender. Al Davis paid him as such and with no other options in free agency Wimbley will get another pay day. But if dude was that nice then the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t have traded him in the first place.
Where Oakland is most affected by another cap casualty is having to take minimal cash (Wimbley’s contract still calls for $6.5-million to be paid this year no matter what) and use it to completely overhaul the defense. But even that isn’t as daunting as it may seem. With all that cash committed to the defense last year the Raiders were still bottom dwellers among defensive rankings last season. A roster filled with practice squad players could have played as terribly.
UPDATE: It’s official. Vittorio Tarfur confirmed with Wimbley’s agent. The deed has been did.