The Oakland Raiders continue to do things.
Wimbley, who led the team with nine sacks in 2010, would make over $10 million next year if he were to play under the franchise tender extended his way. That’s pretty remarkable for a player deemed a bust in, of all places, Cleveland. The 27-year-old showed glimpses of his rookie season in year one with the Raiders.
Still, $10 million is a lot for a guy like Wimbley.
And $10 million is obscene for a guy like Routt, a six-year veteran with six career picks. He’s a borderline starter, but the fact Oakland gave him $31 million over three years would indicate that a) the team has a lot of confidence in him, and b) the team doesn’t like its chances of re-signing soon-to-be free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.
More details from ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson:
Routt is getting $20 million guaranteed. Seymour received $30 million over two years but is guaranteed $22.5 million for 2011. So, in the past week, Oakland spent $42.5 million on two players.
This deal could make it more difficult for Oakland to keep Nnamdi Asomugha, who is expected to be the most sought-after free agent this offseason. Asked if he thinks the Raiders can keep Asomugha, the usually ultra-positive Jackson said Thursday “I don’t know.” He did note that Oakland owner Al Davis doesn’t like losing any players.
Now the Raiders have their work cut out for them. They have to find a way to work out a long-term deal with Wimbley, who isn’t worth $10 million for one season of work. They also have to find a way to get tight end Zach Miller under contract. For three years, Miller’s probably been Oakland’s most reliable pass-catcher, but he’s slated to become a free agent along with fellow starters Robert Gallery and Michael Huff.
And while dealing with all that, they have to make a run at Asomugha, who might be the their best overall player.
They have a lot of things to do.