|Oakland wants Wimbley to take a paycut, but he's already said he's not interested in doing so. (US Presswire)|
As general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to make the Raiders a less-expensive (and possibly less-talented) club -- already, Oakland has purged cornerback Stanford Routt – it sounds like there’s a big-time conflict coming between the club and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.
According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, the team will cut Wimbley if the two sides can’t renegotiate his deal.
While the Raiders try to get under the salary cap, at this point, they’ll have to pay Wimbley $11 million for next year, including $6.5 million guaranteed (in August, he signed a $48 million deal).
Wimbley has been a valuable member of the Browns and Raiders defense since Cleveland selected him in the first round of the 2006 draft, averaging 61.5 tackles and seven sacks per season.
As the Raiders blog points out, though, Wimbley has the leverage, writing, “This is classic contract standoff. Wimbley has Raiders by the throat. They both want him and don't want his contract. Team using media.”
But if the Raiders do decide to let go of Wimbley, who said he’s not interested in taking a paycut, so they don’t have to pay him, there likely won't be a shortage of teams who are willing to compensate him for playing.
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