The Titans and ex-Raiders OLB-DE Kamerion Wimbley have agreed on a five-year, $35 million contract, Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView reported Tuesday morning. According to Caplan, the contract agreement contains $13.5 million in guarantees.
Wimbley, 28, started all 16 games for Oakland a season ago, notching 63 tackles and seven sacks. The Raiders released him last week before a contract clause that reportedly would have paid him $17.5 million over the next three years came due.
A first-round pick of Cleveland in 2006, Wimbley has recorded 369 tackles and 42½ sacks in six NFL seasons.
The way we see it
Although the Titans missed out on a chance to sign Mario Williams while pursuing Broncos QB Peyton Manning, they did land the best remaining pass rusher on the market in Wimbley. Tennessee finished 2011 31st in the NFL in sacks, so Wimbley is a welcome addition — though the Titans still covet more pass rush.
Wimbley, who has spent the majority of his career playing outside linebacker, will play right defensive end. At 6-4, 255 pounds, he is on the small side for an end, but the Titans couldn't afford to pass on addressing their biggest weakness.