Quarterbacks enjoyed standing in a comfortable, upright position while playing the Tennessee Titans last year. The equipment guys enjoyed that too, because jerseys stayed clean. Turfs guys liked it, because the field stayed intact.
Everyone won, except the Titans.
Swift measures were needed to improve a pass rush that finished 31st with just 28 sacks in 2011, which was an abrupt decline from Tennessee’s 40 sacks in 2010. Tuesday morning a guy who can help with that problem became a Titan.
His named is Kamerion Wimbley, and he was signed to a five-year deal worth $35 million, according to Adam Caplan. Axed by the Raiders in a cap saving move, the 28-year-old linebacker who will likely play defensive end in Tennessee had seven sacks and 63 tackles last year. He had nine sacks in 2010, and his career high came when he brought the opposing quarterback down 11 times during his rookie year.
Beyond adding a pass-rushing presence, Wimbley will also help to fortify a rush defense that ranked 24th after allowing 124.3 yards per game. In six seasons Wimbley has only missed one game, showing that the Titans should be getting both production and durability for the roughly $7 million annually they’re paying.
Now it’s just a matter of solving issues on the other side of the ball, and hoping that Chris Johnson doesn’t sleep through the first half of the season again.
And now you want to know the rest of the story…
- After Miami missed on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, and likely Alex Smith (there’s still a chance he signs, albeit a small one), the Dolphins officially settled for David Garrard last night. A 34-year-old QB who missed all of last season will now be part of one of the most depressing quarterback competitions in recent memory as he tries to wrestle the starting job from Matt Moore. [James Walker]
- The Jaguars acquired a player who isn’t named Tim Tebow when cornerback Aaron Ross agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated $15.3 million. [Mike Garafolo]
- There’s a press conference scheduled for noon ET today in Pittsburgh, and Hines Ward is expected to announce his retirement. [USA Today]
- If you’re a Dolphins or Browns fan, Matt Barkley would really appreciate it if you kept your anticipation for a draft that’s still over a year away to yourself. Thanks. [Matt Barkley on Twitter]
- Jeff Saturday could join Team Manning, but he also has a visit scheduled with Green Bay, where he’d be asked to replace Scott Wells. [Total Packers]
- If Bill Belichick’s offseason plan works, the Patriots will be deeper at multiple positions. Signing experienced veterans like Robert Gallery and Donte Stallworth while also adding Daniel Fells shows New England’s push to add key secondary pieces. [Mike Reiss]
- Two years ago Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he’d love the opportunity to develop Tebow. Now Tebow’s on the trading block, and the Packers just lost their backup QB. Hmmm. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
- The Redskins might use an arbitration process to appeal the salary cap penalty imposed by the league. [Mark Maske]