The Oakland Raiders have informed starting OLB Kamerion Wimbley that they have bought back the final year of his rookie contract, his agent, Joe Linta, told FOXSports.com. Linta said last week that the team would send their intention by certified letter. The team had until the end of the day on March 3 to use the buyback option.
The Raiders, who acquired the pass rusher from the Cleveland Browns on Mar. 14, 2010 for a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, was able to void the final season of his contract because he met minimum playing time requirements. His salary for 2011 was $635,000 before the void.
Linta didn’t say, but it’s believed that the buyback salary is roughly $3.5 million. The buyback was for up to roughly $7.77 million, which was based on playing time, sacks and Pro Bowl appearances.
The Raiders have indicated that they would like to sign Wimbley to a long-term deal once the new CBA is reached.
Wimbley, who led the team in sacks last season with nine, was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Browns.