No matter what Kamerion Wimbley was going to get what was owed to him. He refused to take a pay cut to remain in Oakland knowing all along some other team would give him what he was due. That team turned out to be the Tennessee Titans.
On the surface it would appear Wimbley took a pay cut by inking a five-year deal valued at $35-million. After all, just last year Al Davis handed him a contract with the same amount of years that equated to $48-million in salary. But if what PFT reports is accurate then Wimbley’s agent pulled a Jerry Maguire for his client.
Wimbley is already guaranteed to get $6.5-million from the Raiders this season without even suiting up once in silver and black. Toss in the guaranteed $11-million he’ll be collecting from the Titans this year per the way his new deal is structured and you’ve got yourself a healthy $17.5-million for one season of football.
As previously reported, had the Raiders kept Wimbley on the roster through last weekend his deal would have triggered a guaranteed…wait for it…you guessed it…$17.5-million to be paid in the coming years.
So in reality Wimbley got basically the same deal with the same amount guaranteed in the coming calendar year.
In so many instances agents are guilty of overvaluing their clients, promising them deals that will never come to be. You see it time and time again when players engage in pointless holdouts or making diva demands to be traded. In this case Wimbley’s representation played their hand as well as you’ll ever see an agent do so.
Of course his new contract also comes with some new stipulations. The Titans are said to be interested in Wimbley as a defensive end exclusively. He was a hybrid linebacker/end in Oakland but his inability to defend the run or provide any help in coverage was routinely exposed.
But if I’m guaranteed to earn $17.5-million no matter where I work I’d gladly take on whatever roles is required to collect that scratch. This is one instance in which I can’t fault a guy for being unwilling to reduce his salary for the good of the team. From a personal standpoint Wimbley made the right decision. It’s not like his contract was the reason why the Raiders weren’t in the Super Bowl last season and it’s not like his arrival in Tennessee will make the Titans title contenders either.