There are numerous reports that the Raiders will cut linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on Friday. The move has been expected for several weeks.
Wimbley was not interested in a pay cut. Keeping him on the roster through Saturday would have triggered $17.5 million in bonuses. Wimbley will be paid $6.5 million by the Raiders anyway for this year, but it will save Oakland $4.5 million. He will draw interest on the open market. While the Chargers have already spent a lot in free agency (they have re-signed two players and added four outside contracts), they need a pass-rusher and might be interested. Chicago is another team to keep an eye on.
Oakland now has more money to spend. It is looking at cornerbacks, including Ronald Bartell and Tracy Porter, and guard Mike Brisiel. Wimbley is poised to be Oakland’s seventh salary-cap dump. So the Raiders have more roster holes than expected with limited cap room and a small draft class.
In other AFC West news:
Here are the Chiefs’ reactions -- via a team statement -- about the signing of tight end Kevin Boss:
Coach Romeo Crennel: “We are excited about the opportunity to make Kevin a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Kevin has been a part of successful teams in the past, and knows what it takes to win. I am eager to add him to our offense.”
General manager Scott Pioli: “We felt that signing Kevin continued our free agent plan of adding good players to our roster. Kevin has a track record of personal and team success in this league, and he is a good fit for us.”
The Chiefs are visiting with right tackle Eric Winston and are trying to sign him. He has a visit set with St. Louis after the Chiefs.
NFL Network is reporting the Broncos will visit with Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes. Denver is looking at several defensive players.
In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper looks at how free agency has affected the Chargers’ draft plans.