Bears Free Agency 2012: DE Target Kamerion Wimbley Signs 5-Year, $35 Million Deal With Titans

The Chicago Bears had expressed interest in defensive end Kamerion Wimbley after whiffing on Mario Williams, but Wimbley has reached a five-year, $35 million deal with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday morning. Julius Peppers still needs someone to help with the pass rush on the defensive line, but the Bears are likely looking for a bargain at this point.

Wimbley, who turns 29 this season, had played as a 3-4 outside linebacker for most of his professional career, but he will likely play full-time defensive end for the Titans. In his six-year NFL career, Wimbley has recorded 42.5 sacks, including 16 during his 32 games during the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. With talented pass rushers coming off the market in big deals, will Chicago turn to the 2012 NFL Draft to fill their need? GM Phil Emery is watching the free agent options dwindle, so if they want a veteran they need to strike quickly.

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