Update: Jason LaCanfora tweets that Raiders have alerted S Tyvon Branch that they will use their tag on him. Unless Wimbley is going to play for minimum wage, it’s hard to see how he’s in any realistic plans for the future in Oakland.
Update: Well call us wafflers, but it now appears that the Raiders do indeed intend to use their cap on S Tyvon Branch.
We reported days back that this was a likely use for the Raiders, but after revelations concerning the cap issues of the team, it was hard to figure how they could clear the space necessary to invoke the tag. Nevertheless, Christopher Hansen of RaiderBlog has confirmed that a knowledgeable source is confident that Branch will indeed be tagged.
If this report is accurate, Wimbley’s return prospects are even more slim, as even with his departure it was going to be tricky for the Raiders to clear the space to use a tag for Branch.
As we discussed here yesterday, the Raiders are far over the cap and Wimbley is one of a few spots where restructuring/releasing is basically guaranteed. The LB is a strong performer in the Raiders D, but if he doesn’t restructure soon, the Raiders are on the hook for a guaranteed $19M over the next four years, a price tag they certainly can’t afford.
With CB Stanford Routt already a cap casualty, and Wimbley currently at the cutting board, expect QB Carson Palmer to be up next for some restructuring, followed possibly by DT Tommy Kelly and LB Aaron Curry.