The Oakland Raiders currently are building up a new regime, beginning Thursday the organization took it upon themselves to keep a couple of their defensive free agents. The Raiders provided linebacker Kamerion Wimbley with an ultimatum, to return to the Raiders. Then came an exciting announcement when Oakland decided to hold on to strong safety Tyvon Branch, by deciding to place the franchise tag on him. The move will cost the Raiders $6.2 million against the 2012 salary cap.
The scoop on Wimbley's deal is he’s basically due to receive a base salary of $11 million in 2012, $11 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014, and $11.5 million in 2015 explaining the savings if the Raiders were to release him or at least reconstruct his contract, reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. With the salary cap in place this is expected in Oakland because the team is in fact way over the cap. For the team to move forward and succeed in keeping some of the pieces intact for the coming season the Raiders need to manage their finances well.
For Branch he's safe at home and feeling great, knowing he's staying the "Silver and Black". Jason LaCanfora on Twitter
If Wimbley doesn't reconstruct his contract soon enough, he could be following Stanford Routt out the door. By making these transactions the Raiders are staying on the right path. Bringing safety Branch back is the step in the right direction. Last season Branch led the Raiders with a total of 109 tackles, a sack and one interception.
Keep in mind as for right now unless Branch signs a deal this weekend looks like running back Michael Bush will no longer be wearing Silver and Black. Another Raider that maybe released since this deal was complete is safety Michael Huff.