The Bears will probably be paying close attention today, to see if the Oakland Raiders release outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.
According to The Sideline View, Wimbley is due a significant roster bonus today at 4 p.m. EST, so the Raiders may release him to avoid paying it.
Wimbley, who signed a five-year, $48 million contract in August 2011, was also scheduled to make a base salary of $11 million in 2012.
If he's released, the Bears could be one of the teams interested.
Strike that: the Bears SHOULD be one of the teams interested.
Anyone with a vested interest in the Bears surely recalls the 2010 preseason game, when Wimbley sacked Jay Cutler four times in the first half.
Wimbley is mostly viewed as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. But, he's an intriguing athlete, at 6 foot 4, 255 pounds. He could play strongside linebacker, where the Bears have a vacancy, and he could also play right defensive end, opposite Julius Peppers.
In other words, Wimbley could be a jack of all trades type of player for the Bears.
Not including Israel Idonije's one-year contract, the Bears have $12.9 million in salary cap space.
The question, of course, will be how much the Bears would be willing to pay.
Wimbley is 28 years old, and he has 22 1/2 sacks in the last three seasons. But his last double-digit sack season (11) was in 2006, when he was a rookie for the Cleveland Browns.