2012 NFL Free Agency: Bengals Were One Of Few Teams Interested In Kamerion Wimbley

Kamerion Wimbley has had an up-and-down career as an NFL defensive lineman. A former first round pick by the Cleveland Browns, Wimbley had a sensational rookie year as a pass-rusher and looked headed for stardom. The inconsistency of the club led to his ultimate departure a few short years later and he ended up in Oakland. He had a renaissance as a Raider, which led to him signing a lucrative extension. Unfortunately, due to the salary cap restrictions of Oakland, he was released to allow the team to get under the cap.

Oakland attempted to re-sign the Wimbley after he entered the open market, but he ultimately landed with the Tennessee Titans, being one of the only good pass-rushers left to be had. It turns out that the Bengals were one of a small handful of teams interested in signing him.

New #Titans DE Kamerion Wimbley said #Patriots inquired about his services. He was surprised #Bengals #Seahawks & #Packers had interest, too 5 hours ago via TweetDeck · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It's hard to say with any certainty how interested the Bengals were in Wimbley, but it's apparent that they are in the market for an able pass-rusher. It makes sense, seeing as how they lost two rotational defensive linemen last week in Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene. Wimbley likely would have been a good addition to the group headed by Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers. We're not sure if Wimbley's financial demands were too high for the Bengals' blood, or if he simply was more inclined to sign with the Titans. Maybe it was both, or one leading to the other.

Unfortunately, with Wimbley off of the market, there aren't too many quality defensive ends left to be had. Mark Anderson is still available, though he's been visiting other teams lately. Andre Carter is also still available, but he is coming off of an injury. Whatever direction the Bengals look at in the future, it's evident that those plans will include a pass-rusher.

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