Raiders cut LB Kamerion Wimbley

Updated: March 17, 2012, 10:57 AM ET
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders released linebacker Kamerion Wimbley one year into a $48 million, five-year deal.

Agent Joe Linta said Friday he was unable to work out a new contract with the team so the Raiders decided to cut Wimbley instead.

"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."

Oakland gave Wimbley the big contract last summer.

He was paid $5 million in 2011 and is still guaranteed an additional $6.5 million from the Raiders. The team would have been on the hook for $4.5 million more in 2012 if Wimbley was on the roster Saturday, as well as an additional $13 million in guaranteed money for the rest of the deal.

Wimbley had seven sacks, 21½ quarterback knockdowns and 9½ hurries last season, according to STATS LLC.

Information from ESPN.com's Bill Williamson and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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