Adam Caplan of Scout.com is reporting the Raiders have traded for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley for an undisclosed draft pick.
No confirmations yet from the Raiders or Browns, but multiple outlets are now reporting this story.
Wimbley is a former first-round draft pick from Florida State by the Cleveland Browns.
A four-year vetrean, Wimbley is coming off a 6.5 sack season and has 26.5 sacks for his career in four years as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
At 6-3, 255, Wimbley could be used either as an end or outside linebacker. His current skill set sounds as if he is suited to a role similar to the one second-year man Trevor Scott played for the Raiders last season. Scott was a defensive end who was shifted to outside linebacker and also played as a nickel rusher.
Wimbley is under contract through 2011. HIs contract tops out at $1,065,000 million this season and he earns $635,000 (although NFLPA listings don’t indicate if there is a void in his deal).
After getting 11 sacks as a rookie, Wimbley has had 5, 4 and 6.5, never completely fulfilling his promise. He has started all 62 games he’s played in with Cleveland after the Browns made him the 13th overall pick in the 2006 draft. The Raiders selected Thomas Howard 25 picks later in the second round at No. 38 overall.
No official word on what draft pick the Raiders surrendered, but they could be thinking they’ll be getting an extra third-round pick should Kirk Morrison get an offer sheet.
The optimist is excited because the Raiders got a a talented player with some pass rush skill to add to their defense. The pessimist thinks the Raiders just got a player who wasn’t good enough to play for Rob Ryan.