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Kamerion Wimbley is a former Raider.
The pass-rusher, who signed a lucrative extension last summer, is being released, his agent Joe Litna said. He said he and the Raiders tried to come up with a creative way to keep Wimbley in Oakland and to help the Raiders’ salary cap, but they were unable to come to an agreement.
“We tried feverishly to work it out, but we couldn’t,” Linta said. “The Raiders’ salary cap and cash constraints were too great to get anything done. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is a real pro and I appreciate how he handled this situation.”
Keeping Wimbley 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.
Wimbley is the seventh salary-cap casualty in Oakland this season. He spent two years with the Raiders after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland two years ago. Wimbley had 16 sacks in two seasons with the Raiders.
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