The Tennessee Titans missed out on the opportunity to sign Peyton Manning, the prized free agent quarterback.
A day later, though, they signed a player who figures to make things a little more difficult for opposing quarterbacks in the coming seasons. Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley agreed on a mutli-year deal with the Titans on Tuesday.
The deal is for a reported five years and $35 million with $13.5 million gauranateed.
The 28-year-old was drafted 13th overall in 2006 out of Florida State. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Cleveland, the team that selected him, and the last two with Oakland.
“He is an excellent athlete, who has natural pass rusher traits — ability to bend, get low and has a nice feel for using his hands,” general manager Ruston Webster said. “I liked him coming out of Florida State as 4-3 defensive end and he will return to that role with us.”
At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Wimbley is reminiscent of some of the Titans’ more productive pass rushers in recent years, smaller players such as Jevon Kearse, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jason Babin. Kearse was considered a hybrid linebacker-defensive end coming out of college and Babin was signed a free agent after having played primarily in a 3-4 scheme at Houston.
His seven sacks last season, while playing in Oakland’s 3-4, were as many as any Tennessee player had and nearly twice the number any Titans defensive end recorded.
He set a Browns rookie record with 11 sacks in 2006 and has averaged just over seven per season. He has missed one game in his NFL career and has started 94 of the 95 in which he has appeared.
“Kamerion has been a very productive player in this league and is a good pro,” added Titans head coach Mike Munchak. “On passing downs over the last few years, he has played with his hand down in Oakland and he will be playing full-time at defensive end for us. I feel like he is coming into the best years of his career and his skills will help us pressure the passer.”