Some would say that the Browns have started on a massive rebuilding. Others might suggest that a fire sale is underway.
Shortly after word broke that Brady Quinn had been dealt to the Denver Broncos for RB Peyton Hillis and future draft picks, the Scout.com’s Adam Caplan broke the news that OLB Kamerion Wimbley was gone to the Oakland Raiders for undisclosed draft compensation.
At the request of Romeo Crennel, who felt the team needed a pass rusher, the Browns selected DE Wimbley out of Florida on pick behind the Ravens selection of NT Haloti Ngata – a pick swapped to the Ravens in exchange for a sixth rounder.
During his rookie season in Cleveland, it looked like the Browns had made the right selection, as Wimbley converted from end to outside linebacker and amassed eleven sacks, a total he would never equal over the remainder of his Browns career. After somewhat of a comeback season in 2009 with 7.5 sacks, the Browns found multiple willing suitors for Wimbley’s services.
With the reported additional third-round pick, the Browns now have three selections in that round for this April’s NFL Draft.