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

pass rush.

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

that role.

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

Warren.

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.