Feb. 28, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaulGutierrez
When Kamerion Wimbley was surprisingly slapped with the Raiders Franchise Tag last Thursday, the strongside linebackers agent confirmed the designationwith a caveat, so to speak.
We look forward to working with Mr. (Al) Davis on a long-term deal, Joe Linta said in an e-mail to CSN California.
But with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire this Thursday, negotiations for a multi-year contract went nowhere as Wimbley is set to sign his one-year tender, worth a reported 11.3 million, as soon as today.
Linta confirmed the signing to CSN California Tuesday morning.
Wimbley will be getting a major raise. The Raiders had activated the buyback option on Wimbleys rookie contract, which would have paid him 3.5 million in 2011. But the NFL deemed the bump in pay was in violation of the 30 percent rule, which stipulates players salaries cannot jump more than 30 percent from one year to the next. Obviously, the rule does not apply to franchise tenders.Were happy that management council and (the) NFLPA agreed with us that the Raiders couldnt (buy-)back because of violation of (the) 30 rule, Linta wrote at the time.The league ruling despite the language being in the contract and being OKd by the NFL was challenged by the Raiders, to no avail. As a result, it essentially forced the teams hand in assigning the franchise tag to Wimbley, who led the Raiders in sacks with nine in his first season in Oakland after being acquired from Cleveland in an offseason trade for a third-round draft pick.I said it then and Ill say it again, said Raiders senior executive John Herrera, we disagree with the NFL on this one.Funny thing is, Wimbley might be breaking ranks with the union on this one as well, since the NFLPA has issues with the validity of teams assigning franchise tags on the eve of the CBA expiring.