Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 3/16/12

The Bears have made it clear they're in the market for a pass rusher, and it's been made clear that they like Raiders DE Kamerion Wimbley.  Wimbley has already collected on a $6.5-million bonus from the Raiders and is due to collect a lot more by the end of the weekend or he's likely to be cut to save some cap room.

By 3:00pm Chicago time today we'll know if one of the best pass rushers in the league is on the open market.  The question is do the Bears make a serious run at Wimbley?

The cost for Wimbley could be pretty steep, not as steep as signing Mario Williams but likely more money than the Bears were offering Jeremey Mincey.  The Bears lost out on Mincey when the Jags ponied up more money at the last minute.

With so few pass rushers available on the open market and Wimbley in the prime of his career one would expect him to be in high demand.  Further complicating the situation is Wimbley's ability to play linebacker in a 3-4 meaning he's scheme versatile to any team that wants to make a run at him.

Further adding to the complications, word now is that Dwight Freeney is not on the trade market, nor does it seem as though he'll be released.  Freeney hitting the open market at the same time would at least give the Bears a different direction to look.

Wimbley while a good pass rusher has only notched a double digit sack total once in his career.  He's 28-years-old and at 6-foot-4 255-pounds would likely be a pass rushing only specialist for the Bears.  He doesn't seem to be a fit as a base 4-3 DE meaning the Bears may pay a lot for a third down specialist.

What we do know is that the Bears were interested in Wimbley last year before he re-signed with the Raiders.  Reportedly he was their number free agent target before he signed on the dotted line with the Raiders.

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