Wimbley to sign franchise tender with Raiders


Wimbley to sign franchise tender with Raiders


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.

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick their poison

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick their poison

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars tried to take Raiders receiver Amari Cooper out of Sunday’s game. Sticky corner Jalen Ramsey shadowed the second-year pro, and was effective making quarterback Derek Carr look the other way.

It wasn’t that Ramsey dominated every play. Carr simply had more favorable options available.

Michael Crabtree was the best one. He turned the Jaguars game on its ear with a touchdown catch, a third-down conversion and a massive bomb caught over his shoulder for 56 yards.

Carr targeted Crabtree 11 times in Jacksonville, with eight completions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Teams scheming against Cooper operate at their own peril this season, because that typically leaves Crabtree in a juicy matchup.

That was the case in Week 7, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Opponents also fear Crabtree, and for good reason. He has been clutch in the season’s first half, likely playing the best football of his career.

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want Crabtree to have a big day in Week 6, and put top-flight cornerback Marcus Peters – who can’t keep up with Cooper’s speed – on his trail. Crabtree was largely negated in that effort, though Cooper dominated to the tune of 10 receptions for 129 yards on 13 targets. Crabtree, by far Carr’s most frequent receiver, was only thrown to four times.

Carr’s message to future opponents from those two games: pick your poison.

“You have to always be ready for everything, and I think that our staff does an amazing job of giving me a lot of options for those instances,” Carr said at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, before Wednesday's practice. “If they’re going to take away (Cooper) this game, we have to get the other guys going. If they’re going to take ‘Crab’ away, we have to get the other guys going.

“What’s great about that (position group) is they’re all good with it. We just want to win. That’s what it comes down to, how can we push the ball down the field… I think our staff does an amazing job of filling that kind of stuff out if they’re trying to take one or the other away.”

Fluctuating target counts can be frustrating for receivers, who are often considered divas demanding the football at all times. The Raiders don’t have those personalities, a luxury quarterbacks dream about.

“We’re together, man,” Crabtree said. “We’re trying to win by any means. We know what’s at stake and I feel like we’re doing everything it takes to win.”

Sometimes, that means being unselfish. Ignoring stats can be tough for wideouts, but that isn’t an issue with two top receivers under contract an extended stretch.

Cooper and Crabtree have different playing styles and personality types, yet yin and yang in this Raiders offense without issue.

“We complement each other well,” Cooper said. “Having multiple options is really great to have, especially guys that threaten defenses.”

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

DENVER -- Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.

Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing.

The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was identified as 36-year-old Jason Coy.

Denver police say he was sitting on a railing when he fell. Witnesses and emergency responders immediately tried to help.

The incident occurred near the north end of the stadium following the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.

In a statement, the Broncos said the team is "reviewing this tragic incident and will continue to maintain all necessary safety measures for our fans."