Is Kamerion Wimbley an option for the New Orleans Saints?

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Oct 9, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (96) in action against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

When news broke yesterday that the Oakland Raiders had released linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, teams in need of a solid pass rusher took notice.  The New Orleans Saints are definitely in need of the talent that he could bring.

The Saints are hosting visits with four linebackers, a defensive tackle, and a tight end this weekend.  So far, one of those linebackers is not Kamerion Wimbley.  They should dial his number fast.

Wimbley is just what the Saints are looking for in a pass rusher.  His “worst” season in 2008 with the Cleveland Browns was when he only registered four sacks.  In his six year career, he has a total of 42.5 sacks and 369 tackles.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would love to have someone like Wimbley on his front seven not just for his productivity, but for his versatility as well.

Although Wimbley has mainly played at linebacker for his career, he could be converted possibly to a defensive end.  It’s a position that he actually played in college at Florida State but was considered too small by the Browns to play at in the NFL.

Wimbley is currently listed at 255 lbs. which is ideal at linebacker but also not far from the range of some defensive ends.  For example, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora weighs exactly the same while others only outweigh Wimbley by 15-20 lbs.

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