OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Kamerion Wimbley #96 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 27, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Bears need a defensive end this off season. Either via the draft, or through free agency, but they definitely need to add some talent to the position. They re-upped with the steady Israel Idonije and they still have the dominant Julius Peppers, but those two guys have played far too many snaps the last two seasons. They need a 3rd DE to step in and take the job opposite Peppers, or at the very least to rotate in and rush the passer. I hate to break it to some of you Bears fans, but Kamerion Wimbley is not that guy. Kamerion Wimbley is a linebacker.
Last year in Oakland he mostly played the strong side outside linebacker position, but he would stick his hand on the ground and rush the passer in passing situations because he's good at it. He was drafted to be an edge rusher from the OLB position in a 3-4 defense by the Cleveland Browns. Besides those times that he rushed the passer as a DE, he's always playing LB. He's a good football player with experience as an OLB in both the 3-4 and the 4-3, but he's never been a full time 4-3 DE.
I'm sure the Tennessee Titans want him to play defensive end, but can he be a 1st and 2nd down d-lineman? In Chicago he would have been asked to usually play opposite Peppers, and traditionally you want a good run defender playing the left defensive end position. As a LB he's alright against the run, but as an every down DE it's anybody's guess how he'll perform.
It's still fresh for Bears fans the damage that Wimbley did in November with his sack, his pick, and his 73 yard TD return. And some fans might recall his multi-sack game he had in the preseason against the Bears. And Wimbley might find success in Tennessee at DE, but taking a chance that he can convert to a full time DE is a stretch that the Bears figured wasn't worth $35 million dollars.