SAN DIEGO CA - DECEMBER 5: Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders smiles from the sidelines in the closing minutes of his team's 28-13 win over the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders 2011 Offseason News: Raiders Tag Wimbley, Extend Routt

As the 2011 offseason develops we'll break down the Raiders various roster moves and other news. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride.

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Oakland Raiders Apply Franchise Tag To Kamerion Wimbley, Sign Stanford Routt To Contract Extension

The Oakland Raiders have been a very busy team as the collective bargaining agreement expiration date fast approaches. With a week remaining before a potential lockout, the Oakland Raiders officially placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Additionally, they agreed to terms with cornerback Stanford Routt on a three year contract extension worth $31.5 million.

As Jason LaCanfora points out in a tweet, it really is tough seeing the Raiders lay out big cash for Nnamdi Asomugha after giving Routt such a sizable contract extension. I wouldn’t put anything past Al Davis, but even that seems like it would be a steep price to pay for a solid cornerback in Routt and then a great cornerback in Nnamdi.

The decision to franchise Wimbley would seem to indicate the Raiders think they can get a deal done with tight end Zach Miller. They also may view a new CBA as likely restricting his movement as a fourth year player. Either way, I would be pretty surprised if Miller was not a member of the Oakland Raiders in 2011. He’s been absolutely key to their offense and they would be foolish to let him walk.

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