An offseason of change in Tennessee includes a new defensive coordinator who’ll likely use more 3-4 fronts, which suits the skills of Kamerion Wimbley.
The question is whether the Titans believe his salary is suited to the team’s salary cap.
“I would love to be back, and I expect to be back in a Titans uniform,” Wimbley said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “They are doing some exciting things. My contract is not up, and I am training as hard if not harder than I’ve trained any other offseason. So yeah, that is what I am expecting. Unless I hear something different, I expect to be back.”
Wimbley may indeed hear something different, because he’s due to make $6 million in the third season of a five-year, $35 million deal. So far, his performance hasn’t matched the investment. Wimbley had four sacks in 2013, and six in 2012. In return, he has been paid $15.5 million.
“I played my first six years in the 3-4 system, so I am familiar with it, and I feel it would be a great fit for me, and easy to pick up whatever they asked me to do,” Wimbley said of the new defense to be implemented by coordinator Ray Horton.
“I was brought in to be a pass rusher when they brought me out of Oakland. The first year we were behind in games, so you don’t necessarily get the chance to rush the passer where if you’re ahead of other teams, they’re forced to throw it a lot more and you get opportunities to show what you have. . . . The emphasis this year was to stop the run and they brought in players to help us to do that so I was in more of a rotation. But I definitely feel I am capable of [doing more].”
The Titans may not agree. Cutting Wimbley after June 1 (or with a post-June 1 designation) would create $3.6 million in cap space this year, and it would avoid the obligation to pay Wimbley $6 million. Wimbley would count for $1.8 million against the 2014 cap, and $3.6 million next year.