Wimbley signs six-year deal
By Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
July 22, 2006
Kamerion Wimbley will be in training camp on time - and he's set to be in every Browns' training camp through 2011.
Wimbley signed a six-year deal with the team Saturday, marking the first time since 2000 the Browns will have their top draft pick in for the start of camp.
The Browns selected Wimbley with the 13th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. A defensive end at Florida State, he'll play outside linebacker with the Browns, who saw him as the best available pass-rusher and top option among other defensive players they considered.
The Browns hope pairing Wimbley at outside linebacker with veteran Willie McGinest will improve a pass rush that recorded a league-low 23 sacks in 2005.
"We are extremely pleased to have Kamerion signed prior to the start of training camp," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "We are looking forward to seeing Kamerion grow and develop as a member of the Browns."
Wimbley becomes the fifth member of the Browns' 10-man 2006 draft class to sign with the team. Among the five still unsigned are the team's two other first-day picks, second-rounder D'Qwell Jackson and third-rounder Travis Wilson.
Full-squad training camp opens Wednesday, July 26.
Wimbley (6-foot-3, 245) played in 49 games during his Florida State career and started 13 times. He totaled 108 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and 31 pressures.
Wimbley recorded 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in his senior season, his first as a full-time starter. He had 2 sacks in the Seminoles' season-opening victory over Miami and was tied with top overall draft pick Mario Williams of North Carolina State for the ACC sack lead before suffering a knee injury last fall and missing three games.
The injury forced Wimbley to the sideline for the first time in his career. He returned for the Orange Bowl and played in the Senior Bowl in January.
Wimbley graduated a semester early from Northwest High School in Wichita, KS and participated in Florida State's spring practice in 2002. Five months later, as a 210-pound true freshman, he was a key special teams player.
He had 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a sophomore. He had 8 tackles in his first career start against Duke, and matched that with 8 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a win over Colorado.
Wimbley started two games as a junior, recording a total of 27 tackles, 2 sacks and 7 quarterback hurries. He had 5 hurries in one game, a win over Wake Forest.