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Trade fever: Kamerion Wimbley dealt by Cleveland Browns to Oakland Raiders for third-round draft pick

By Tony Grossi

March 14, 2010, 10:04PM

UPDATED: 10:05 p.m.

wimbleyjg.jpgIn four seasons with the Browns, Kamerion Wimbley posted 26.5 sacks and 179 tackles as a linebacker/defensive end. He is being projected as a hand-down defensive end with Oakland.

The trades of Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley were the third and fourth ones made by the new Browns management team of President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert.
Not all of the trades involved selections in the 2010 draft. Here’s an update on the Browns’ current stockpile of picks for this April.
The Browns now own 12 picks. They are:
Their own selections in Rounds 1 through 6.
The New York Jets’ selections in Rounds 3 and 5 (via Braylon Edwards trade in 2009).
The Oakland Raiders’ pick in Round 3 (via Kamerion Wimbley trade).
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pick in Round 5 (via Kellen Winslow trade in 2009).
The Denver Broncos’ pick in Round 5 (via Corey Williams trade to Detroit).
The Carolina Panthers’ pick in Round 6 (via Louis Leonard trade in 2009).
Notes: The Browns included their seventh-round pick in 2010 in the trade of Williams. ... The Browns surrendered a conditional seventh-round pick in 2011 to Seattle in the trade for Seneca Wallace. ... The Browns received Denver’s sixth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012 for Quinn.
Tony Grossi
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kamerion Wimbley was the best pass rusher on a Browns team seemingly always lacking in that fundamental part of the game.

That didn't stop the Browns from trading Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday for a third-round pick in this year's draft.

This one came out of left field.

"I didn't know anything was up," said agent Joe Linta. "Is it a shocker? I would say so. I don't think anybody saw this coming. Apparently they made the decision to get rid of him.

"He is clearly one of the top five players on the team and you can't have a better consummate person in the locker room."

Wimbley, the Browns' first-round pick in 2006, was young (not 27 until October), dependable (the only game he missed in four years was because of the flu) and affordable ($1.065 million salary in 2010).

What's more, Wimbley's 26.5 career sacks were the most posted in a four-season stretch by a Brown in the expansion era. Linebacker Jamir Miller had 13 sacks in 2001, but totaled 22.5 in his three years with the team.

The trade completes a 360-degree spin in a Cleveland uniform for the athletic -- some described him as elastic -- Wimbley. He came to the Browns in a controversial trade by former General Manager Phil Savage. The Browns held the No. 12 spot in the first round in 2006 and Baltimore, Savage's former team, was right behind at No. 13.

In the Browns' draft room, the debate was whether to select defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, the premier run-stopper in that draft, or Wimbley, the second-best pass rusher. Wimbley was a bit of a projection because he played defensive end at Florida State and the Browns planned on converting him to outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme then run by former head coach Romeo Crennel.

Savage knew Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome, his former boss, coveted Ngata. Savage asked Crennel, "Do you want the run stopper or the pass rusher?" Crennel gave the nod to the pass rusher. Savage then traded down one spot with his division rival -- a taboo move in the NFL. The Ravens paid the bargain price of a sixth-round pick.

Savage used the sixth round pick on Stanford nose tackle Baba Oshinowo, who played one game for the Browns and had two tackles. Ngata has been a stalwart in the middle of the Ravens' defense and has made two Pro Bowl appearances.

Wimbley tried hard to make the trade look like a good move. He started in his second NFL game and proceeded to set a Browns rookie record with 11 sacks in 2006. But he slumped to five and four over the next two years.

Wimbley showed a resurgence under coach Eric Mangini in 2009 with 6.5 sacks and seemed to be expanding his game as an every-down linebacker in the 3-4 defensive system.

Wimbley may have been the most athletic and productive player on the defense other than tackle Shaun Rogers. He was third on the team with 68 tackles in 2009, first in sacks with 6.5 and added one forced fumble.

ESPN reported that the Browns had multiple offers for Wimbley, but none was better than the Raiders' third-round pick.

If no linebackers are added, it's possible the Browns would line up Marcus Benard, a 2009 undrafted free agent, in Wimbley's weakside outside post. Matt Roth, a restricted free agent, could be the other outside linebacker. Or newly signed free agent Scott Fujita, formerly of New Orleans, could join the mix.


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Posted by DrWalrus
March 14, 2010, 8:40PM


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Posted by mimann
March 14, 2010, 9:13PM

Browns fan for 50 years, keep politics out. Many Brown's fans I have to admit have low intensity light bulbs between their eyes. Lack of facts and history pervade that void in the head. Economic decline began precipitous fall under Bush. No regulation of corrupt Wall Street. Long time' dirty tricks and proven deceitful liar in Rove (college, SC primary against McCain, Ms. Gov) helped fabricate lies for Bush. Unemployment data follows a lag curve(1-2 mo after influencing event), not an immediate response, info for you instant gratifiers. ENUF POLITICS...
Browns have ruined QB's. First develop line with experienced QB who can anticipate and react to breakdowns. Once line is established develop young QB with solid support and advice from veretran QB. You dont' want young QB physically and mentally ruined. Look at Couch situation and obvious mishandling since. Unfortunately this new management will need a little wait and see from the fans for results.
Be optimistic!

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Posted by concernedparent
March 16, 2010, 12:44PM

if couch played behind a real o-line and had a running game and people to throw to, he would have done pretty well with the browns.

we pu thtat kid in with a thrown together makeshift team and expected him to do something.

WHen you think about it.. he did pretty darn good for what he had to deal with.

We took that kid and threw him to the wolves.. WE ruined his career in the NFL.

Sorry about that Tim.

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Posted by whoyathrowin2?
March 14, 2010, 6:05PM

Could we get a receiver now....

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Posted by Manfooey
March 14, 2010, 6:17PM

I love accurate reporting. Wimbley had 11 sacks as a rookie, not 10. Hey Grossi- If you mess up one detail, how do we know you haven't messed up a bunch more?

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Posted by Teemstro
March 14, 2010, 6:20PM


Now let's trade Joe Thomas for a few fifth-round draft picks. Right?

WTF is going on.

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Posted by The Pope
March 14, 2010, 6:37PM

I'll tell you what's going on in a nutshell. THERE ARE NO MORE LUNATICS RUNNING THE ASYLUM. There are competent people at the helm now.

Would you rather Bush was still President? Would rather Mangini was still Dictator?

You people just can't kick back and give change a chance. You cry and moan at how bad things are and then when a new regime is installed you start crying and moaning all over again EVEN BEFORE THE NEW REGIME GETS TO IMPLEMENT ITS IDEAS AND POLICIES.



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Posted by midevil216
March 14, 2010, 6:44PM

Amen Brother!!
I have no quams about anything this new regiem has done so far. The team was going nowhere with the players we had, and honestly Wimbley seemed like a bust to me, the one move ,to the QB, wonder.

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Posted by allmondray
March 14, 2010, 9:36PM

I agree!!! Stand back, be quiet, pay attention and take notes!!!!

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Posted by mrdante
March 14, 2010, 11:11PM

Allmond baby, I can see letting him, DA, & BQ go................ they all sucked............but 3rd round draft pick, S. Wallace, and washed up Jake.......c'mon I can't watch another rookie crew running this club. The Walrus is a coach playing Prez...............Heck, a GM who had the title in Philly but not the gig...........both rookies who got rid of two bad QB's and brought in a never was and a washed up!........we're much better off..............HaHaHaHaHaHaHa

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Posted by Ron
March 14, 2010, 6:56PM

alright man i understand what ur getting at and hope your right, but i also see the other side of this too. we have let go so many of our favorite players go in the last 5 years that it hurts. we have had so many people in here that come in and change everything, and we get worse. i feel before 07 we concentrated on adding players than trading for picks. its just a hard situsation with past experiences. im sure you understand

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Posted by concernedparent
March 15, 2010, 7:16AM

favorite players will come and favorite players will go.. and the reason it happens so much in cleveland is because we are filled with crap players.. on a crap team.
When one turd shines above the other turds.. we crown him one of our favorite turds on the team.. but on any other team they probably wouldnt shine as brightly.

We have 4 proven above average players on our team that could play for any other team in the NFL.. Cribbs, Thomas, Mack, Rogers.. thats it.. nobody else has been consistant or very good.

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Posted by br541
March 14, 2010, 7:08PM

Posted by The Pope
March 14, 2010, 6:37PM

Then why do you not give the same leeway to "dictator Mangini"?

I don't like this gutting of the team every time a new manager comes in. Davis did it--Salvage did it -- and now Holmgren/Heckert is doing it and we still have a second rate team. Oh sure they haven't played a game yet but I still have the preseason hype from last year tearing up my gut.

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Posted by tbone460
March 14, 2010, 7:11PM

by your opinion then, Mangini should get 3 years???

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Posted by cutthroat33
March 14, 2010, 7:34PM

Hope and change!!!

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Posted by traven
March 14, 2010, 7:35PM

I love the hypocrisy from "The Pope":


Would rather Mangini was still Dictator?



So, which is it? Should we have given "the dictator" 3 years before you started whining or should we be allowed to express our concern with the loss of a good linebacker- something that we do not have a surplus of- in a defense that requires them?


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Posted by rai1219
March 14, 2010, 7:49PM

Dehommeee 8 TDS 18 interceptions 59.4 QB RATING IN 2009 =$7,000,000 IN CLEVELAND how the hell does this happen New leadership my rear-end WTF

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Posted by cardcollector1
March 14, 2010, 8:04PM

yes i do wish bush was still president don,t you common think anout it.
dictator I ,m not sure that is correct but i like the new mangini better.

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Posted by hopefulbrown
March 14, 2010, 8:39PM

I would like anyone in there has president then that socialist clown we have right now. What a joke of a president. I would not let him lead me across the street and cannot wait till we throw the socialist out of office that the change I am looking forward to.

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Posted by mancalledsun
March 14, 2010, 11:27PM

QFT. That goes for the Browns, too.

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