Kamerion Wimbley becomes a free agent

With cap space issues looming for many teams, the Raiders have taken their first big cost-cutting measure.

On Friday, the Raiders decided to release linebacker Kamerion Wimbley after they and Wimbley’s agent Joe Linta were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract.

Just last summer the Raiders signed Wimbley to a five year, $48 million deal, and due to budget concerns the Raiders had to cut him only one year into that deal.

The contract paid Wimbley $5 million during the 2011 season, and guarantees him $6.5 million more, but the Raiders are saving $4.5 million in 2012 alone by dropping him off of the roster.

Wimbley now becomes a free agent, meaning those teams that didn’t get Mario Williams and still need a powerful pass rusher will be looking Wimbley’s way. Wimbley has made a name for himself last season with the Raiders with seven sacks, 21.5 quarterback knockdowns, and 9.5 hurries. He is one of the best pass rushers in free agency, and can expect plenty of attention this offseason.

Wimbley has been in the league since 2006 when he was taken in the first round of the draft by the Cleveland Browns. Wimbley spent four seasons with the Browns before joining the Raiders.

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