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Raiders open some cap space

NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders opened some cap room and secured one of their better defenders by giving Kamerion Wimbley a new five-year deal, his agent Joe Linta said.

Wimbley

Wimbley

The deal is five years for $48 million. He has a roster bonus due in March of 2012. He could earn up to $29 million in bonuses.

Wimbley was the franchise player for Oakland after the Raiders were essentially forced to make that move because of a little known loop hole in his contract that Oakland assumed from Cleveland. The Raiders traded a third-round pick for Wimbley in March of 2010.

He had a solid season for the Raiders in 2010, registering nine sacks.

The big deal now gives the Raiders some cap relief for 2011. They will need it. They will likely be in a bidding war for tight end Zach Miller. He is visiting the Seahawks on Monday and they want to sign him.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s John Clayton reported Oakland has re-signed backup linebacker Sam Williams.

Lofa Tatupu is set to visit the Redskins after visiting the Raiders.