The Oakland Raiders released Kamerion Wimbley today, cutting ties with the 28-year-old defensive end just one year into a five-year contract, according to the Associated Press.
Wimbley signed a $48 million deal through 2015 with the Raiders last summer. By cutting that deal short today, the Raiders save $4.5 million in guaranteed money for the 2012 season, plus a boatload more down the road.
“We tried to make it work all afternoon, but just too many constraints with [the] Raiders’ cap situation,” agent Joe Linta told the AP. “[Raiders GM] Reggie McKenzie is a real pro, and we appreciate how he handled it.”
Wimbley, who was the Cleveland Browns’ first-round pick in the 2006 draft, had seven sacks last season for the Raiders and 16 overall in his two seasons donning the silver and black.
Cutting Wimbley loose is just the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves under McKenzie this offseason. The Raiders have now cut seven players, including five starters, from the team that went 8-8 last year.