The Titans are facing a unique point in their franchise history, for the first time a 3-4 defense will be heavily featured in Tennessee. Now I know that it won't be a traditional two-gap 3-4 defense, but there will still be some unique aspects likely including many more "odd" defensive fronts. With that in mind the Titans will need to re-evaluate the defensive line, and some things that looked like a given immediately after the season may not be so clear.
The point of this article today is to gauge the reaction of how fans feel about Kamerion Wimbley as a stand-up DE/OLB.
There are a lot of people that want to cut Wimbey, and for good reason. Last year he was relegated to being a backup and made very few "wow" plays. The Titans are set to pay Wimbley over $7 million in 2014, $8 million the next year, and then close to $9 million after that. With such a large contract compared to minimal production, there is good incentive to cut him.
Wimbley had a lot of success as a 3-4 edge rusher in college and early in his NFL career. In fact, on the current roster he is the most well-equipped edge rusher that the Titans have. After the draft and free agency that will likely change, but I can't safely say that Ayers or Morgan could come in and play 3-4 DE/OLB better than Wimbley.
While cutting him would be cheaper long-term, there would only be a $2.5 million bump in spendable cap room in 2014. Those that think cutting him would help the Titans short term are wrong, unless they can back-load a contract with guaranteed money which is a bad idea.
There is a small chance that the Titans could trade him. Wimbley is a pass rusher without a ton of tread on the tires, and a team like Washington, Denver or New Orleans might trade a late pick or a player for Wimbley considering their free agent futures. The only issue with this is that the Titans would still likely need to bring in a free agent 3-4 DE/OLB and could end up without a trade partner.