In 2013, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley recorded just three sacks and 24 tackles — failing the expectations the Titans had when signing him to a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2012 season. Wimbley became a situational pass rusher and was not on the field every play over the course of the season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Wimbley was on the field just 33.1% of the time during the course of a football game, taking 390 total defensive snaps 268 of them on pass plays.
Wimbley is reportedly excited to get to work with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Also, Wibley is happy about some potential changes in the defensive scheme under coordinator Ray Horton, who specializes in the 3-4 defense which is the same defense Wimbley played in during his time with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
Wimbley is scheduled to make $6 million in 2014, and with a lack of success last season, are the Titans going to want the pass rusher back?
“I would love to be back, and I expect to be back in a Titans uniform,’’ Wimbley told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “They are doing some exciting things. My contract is not up, and I am training as hard if not harder than I’ve trained any other offseason.”
Prior to his time with the Titans, Wimbley was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Wimbley recorded 42.5 sacks in a six year span. His best production came when Wimbley was an outside linebacker.
The temptation to keep Wimbley is there but have the Titans seen enough to release the veteran?