KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver Terrance Copper #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets tackled after making a catch by linebacker Kamerion Wimbley #96 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Raiders Part Ways With Kamerion Wimbley

The Raiders have decided to part ways with Kamerion Wimbley, making him a free agent.

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Kamerion Wimbley Released By Oakland Raiders

As expected, the Oakland Raiders are releasing Kamerion Wimbley. Multiple reports confirm that the Raiders have informed the pass rusher that he will be released, making him a free agent. Wimbley signed a five-year, $48 million deal with the Raiders last season but they were unable to keep him with their salary cap situation.

With 16 sacks in the last two seasons, Wimbley immediately becomes the best pass rusher on the market and there will be plenty of interest in him from the teams that missed out on Mario Williams.

Wimbley is a former first round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent his first four seasons in Cleveland before playing for the Raiders the last two seasons.

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Kamerion Wimbley To Be Released By Raiders On Friday, According To Report

The Oakland Raiders have had major salary cap issues this offseason, which has resulted in several players being shown the door, including TE Kevin Boss and CB Stanford Routt. According to NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, Kamerion Wimbley will soon be joining them.

Lombardi reports the Raiders will release Wimbley on Friday. This move has been speculated for a while now because Wimbley is due $11 million in 2012 and 2013. The Raiders would have trouble fitting him under their salary cap.

Wimbley signed a reported five-year, $48 million deal just last August.

There will be plenty of interest in Wimbley, who probably becomes the best pass rusher on the open market. Many around the league predicted this move so it's possible some teams have been holding back in free agency in order to make a run at Wimbley.

Wimbley was the Cleveland Browns' first-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent the first four years of his career in Cleveland before playing the last two in Oakland.

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Raiders Free Agency 2012: Michael Bush, Others Heading To New Teams

The Oakland Raiders made the blockbuster trade in 2011, giving up their first round pick in 2012 for Carson Palmer. Unfortunately that trade didn't help the Raiders make it into the playoffs last season as they blew their shot losing four of their last five games. They still finished with a .500 record, though, and if Carson Palmer gets the right weapons around him, he can lead the Raiders to a division championship.

The biggest free agent that will leave Oakland is running back Michael Bush. Bush has been a good backup running back for Darren McFadden and the Raiders as McFadden has durability problems and Bush has starter capability. Many believe Bush will not be back so if that's the case the Raiders will need to hope that McFadden can stay healthy in 2012.

The Raiders are in cap trouble and they only have a couple of draft picks. They're going to have to either draft really well or find talent from within the organization. There's just not much they can do in free agency. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, as there is a lot of talent on the team. I don't see them making a big splash in free agency because they don't have the money.

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Kevin Boss Will Be Released By Oakland Raiders, According To Report

Last August the Oakland Raiders signed Kevin Boss to a four-year, $16 million contract in free agency. Less than a year later, the Raiders are releasing him. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie will be releasing Boss sometime before free agency starts on Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders have salary cap issues and have been forced to part ways with several players in order to comply with the cap. Other players like Stanford Routt have been released and it's possible Kamerion Wimbley will see the same.

In 13 games last season, Boss had 28 receptions for 368 yards and three touchdowns. At 28 years old, he shouldn't have a problem finding another job.

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Tyvon Branch Reportedly Gets Franchise Tag From Raiders; Michael Bush Eyes Free Agency

The Oakland Raiders have informed safety Tyvon Branch that they will be giving him the franchise tag, according to a report from Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. Branch was scheduled to be a free agent on March 13 so this will keep him in Oakland for the 2012 season.

The franchise tag number for safeties is expected to be just over $6 million for the 2012 season. Another team could attempt to sign Branch but the price would be two first round picks (and a contract) so that's not going to happen.

What this news also means is that running back Michael Bush won't be receiving the franchise tag. He was a candidate to receive it and there were reports going both ways on whether or not he would. This means Bush likely hits the open market where he'll be one of the top running backs available.

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Raiders Free Agency: Kamerion Wimbley May Have To Take Pay Cut

Entering the 2012 NFL offseason, the Oakland Raiders have found themselves in a bit of a bind in regards to the salary cap. Oakland has already been forced to release cornerback Stanford Routt to cut some cost, but now they may need to release one of their pass rushers in linebacker/defensive end Kamerion Wimbley if he doesn't agree to restructure his contract and take a pay cut, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

The Raiders recently released corner Stanford Routt recently to avoid a $5 million roster bonus, however, they then also had to give him $5 million in guarantees they still owed. If the Raiders can't find common ground with Wimbley on a new deal then they face a similar situation with the linebacker.

Free agency starts in just 13 days and the Oakland Raiders are still $20 million over the projected salary cap. Releasing Wimbley would save the Raiders some cap savings, but they would also be releasing the player who was second on their team in sacks in 2011 and has picked up 16 sacks over the past two seasons. The Raiders originally acquired Wimbley in a trade with the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2010 season, signing Wimbley to a five-year $48 million contract after the 2011 season.

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Michael Bush May Not Receive Franchise Tag From Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are entering their first free agent season in decades without the guidance of Al Davis, who served as both owner and general manager of the team prior to his passing. Raiders fans watched their team fall apart in the second half of the 2011 season, suffering injuries to key players and not taking advantage of opportunities, while drawing a multitude of unnecessary penalties.

One of the bright spots for the Raiders last season was running back Michael Bush, who stepped up and was a consistent playmaker, while Darren McFadden was sidelined with injuries. Bush is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

Steve Corkran of The Contra Costa Times reports that retaining Bush is going to be a tough call for the Raiders this offseason.

Michael Bush wants to be a starting running back. He realizes that isn't apt to happen in Oakland as long as Darren McFadden is on the roster.

Therefore, Bush likely won't be interested in a long-term contract. Given that, the Raiders have to decide whether they want to use the franchise tag on Bush, to the tune of $7.7 million or so for 2012.

Corkran notes that new GM Reggie McKenzie has a knack for developing under-the-radar running backs. With both McFadden and Taiwan Jones under contract for next season, Bush may be free to pursue greener pastures.

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Raiders Free Agents 2012: RB Michael Bush Slated To Become UFA

The Oakland Raiders went through a turbulent season in 2011. They got off to their hottest start in years and looked playoff-bound before the passing of Al Davis, a plague of injuries to key players and a regression to their penalty-drawing days of recent seasons. They missed out on the playoffs by just one win (or one instance of the Denver Broncos not losing, if you want to be more accurate) and will be heading into 2012 attempting to field a team with more depth under the guidance of a new head coach and a new general manager.

To plan for the fall, the Raiders will first have to take a look at their free agent situation before free agency begins on March 13. Here is the full list of their impending free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (4)

FB Marcel Reece
DE Mason Brodine
CB Bryan McCann
S Jerome Boyd

Restricted Free Agents (1)

DT Desmond Bryant

Unrestricted Free Agents (16)

QB Kyle Boller
QB Jason Campbell
RB Michael Bush
RB Rock Cartwright
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
WR Chaz Schilens
OT Khalif Barnes
OT Stephon Heyer
OC Samson Satele
DE Quentin Groves
DE Jarvis Moss
DE Trevor Scott
LB Darryl Blackstock
CB Lito Sheppard
S Tyvon Branch
S Matt Giordano

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