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Raiders will cut Wimbley if he doesn’t take pay cut

Sanchez is sacked during the second half of their NFL football game in Oakland

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (L) is sacked by Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley during the second half of their NFL football game in Oakland, California September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


We passed along a report two weeks ago that Kamerion Wimbley would not be interested in taking a pay cut to stay with the Raiders.

We now pass along a report from NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that the Raiders will cut Wimbley unless he takes a pay cut.

Using the transitive property, Wimbley is going to hit the open market. Or someone is lying.

It’s not a shocking decision because the Raiders have so much salary cap space to clear. Then again, they have to pay Wimbley $6.5 million guaranteed whether he is on the roster or not. Wimbley is due $11 million total, so the Raiders are essentially choosing not to keep Wimbley for an additional $4.5 million.

Can Wimbley get that money elsewhere? With so few pass rushers on the market, we bet he can. His agent appears to agree.

It’s worth remembering once again: Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie took over an almost impossible situation. The franchise has to suffer some short-term pain in order to get healthy down the road.