Oakland Raiders place the franchise tag on outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. The Raiders used the franchise tag as a result of the NFL disallowing the team the utilization of the buyback clause in the players existing contract, to which the Raiders had access.
The voided original rookie contract would have only given him $3.5 million by the Raiders. Wimbley is expected to sign a tender. This contract is a non-exclusive tag at a price tag of slightly over $10 million.
If this did not occur Wimbley would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency under the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Raiders prevented that and chose to tag as their franchise player.
Expect the Raiders to try to get a long term deal in place shortly that will be acceptable by the NFL.
Wimbley is fine young talented linebacker and fits well in the Raiders defensive scheme along side of Ronaldo McClain they hold up the Silver and Black linebacker core quite well.
Last season Wimbley led the Raiders with nine total sacks also he had 58 tackles while starting all 16 games. He was acquired by the Cleveland Browns last season for a third round draft pick. With the Browns in 2009 he recorded a career high of 69 tackles.
With over five years in the NFL Wimbley has totaled 35 ½ sacks and 306 tackles and with the Raiders he looks to improve. He has done what he can to maintain his activity since joining the NFL he has continued to start in except one.
Wimbley will receive $10.151 million, the average of the five highest paid linebackers in 2010, next season.
Raiders also took time this to sign Cornerback Stanford Routt a six-year veteran and has spent his entire career in Oakland.
Last season Routt started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in all and had two interceptions, 13 passes defensed and 55 tackles. During his time in the NFL, Routt has made six interceptions and 188 tackles.
The two defensive players will definitively continue to make an impact on the Raiders this coming season. For coach Jackson its all about putting the right players on the field that want to win and talent in order for Raiders to have success has an organization once again in the NFL.