Raiders acquire Wimbley from Browns
The Oakland Raiders bolstered their pass rush Sunday by
acquiring former first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley from the
Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed draft pick.
Oakland senior executive John Herrera confirmed the deal, saying
Oakland gave up a pick it had acquired in a previous deal. The
Raiders had acquired a third-round pick from New England last
summer in a deal for Derrick Burgess.
“This gives us a guy who has been a strong presence as a pass
rusher,” Herrera said. “He has been very productive.”
The Browns traded two former first-round picks Sunday,
confirming a deal that sent quarterback 2007 first-rounder Brady
Quinn to the Denver Broncos about two hours before Oakland
announced it had picked up Wimbley.
The Browns’ decision to deal Wimbley was a bit of a surprise.
Last season, he began to show flashes of being the kind of player
he was when he recorded 11 sacks in his rookie year.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder was drafted in the first round out of
Florida State in 2006. He had 6 1/2 sacks and 48 tackles in 15
games last season and has 26.5 sacks in his career.
Cleveland may use one of its high draft picks to address its
Wimbley becomes the fourth former first-round pick on Oakland’s
defense, joining defensive end Richard Seymour, cornerback Nnamdi
Asomugha and safety Michael Huff.
The Raiders previously had released defensive end Greg Ellis,
who tied for the team lead in sacks last season with seven.
Wimbley can play either end or outside linebacker. The Raiders
used second-year player Trevor Scott in that role last season as an
outside linebacker/third-down pass rusher. Scott had seven sacks in
Wimbley is the first player Oakland has added from another
organization since the start of free agency earlier this month. The
Raiders had previously cut four veterans – Ellis, running back
Justin Fargas, receiver Javon Walker and defensive tackle Gerard
Oakland also re-signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski before he
could become a free agent, used the franchise tag on Seymour and
re-signed free agent offensive lineman Khalif Barnes.