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Report: Raiders apply franchise tag to OLB Wimbley

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By PFW staff

The Raiders reportedly have placed the franchise tag on OLB Kamerion Wimbley, not TE Zach Miller. Fox Sports' Adam Caplan first reported the news.

Wimbley, who just finished his fifth NFL season and first with the Raiders, and the team attempted to exercise a buy-back option, allowing it to buy back the final year of his rookie contract for 2011. However, that would pay him $3.5 million, violating the league's 30 percent rule, where base salaries cannot be higher than 30 percent from the previous season.

Instead, the Raiders tagged Wimbley to keep him out of unrestricted free agency. If he signs the tender, his 2011 contract will be worth around $10 million.

In 2010, Wimbley recorded nine sacks, giving him 35½ in his career.

There were reports that Miller would be franchised, and the tight end told PFW there was talk about getting a long-term deal done, but he was in "wait-and-see mode."

With all the franchise tags that have been handed out, it is still unknown what they will mean under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The way we see it

This does not mean that Miller's time in Oakland is done, as he has said he wants to stay with the Raiders, and they want him back. For Wimbley, he gets a big pay raise and the Raiders get their leading sacker back in 2011.

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