The re-construction of the Cleveland Browns continued on Sunday, just not in a way that anyone thought.
After news of the trade of Brady Quinn made headlines, it is being reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Cleveland Browns have traded starting outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
After having an outstanding 11-sack rookie season in 2006, the 26-year-old, former first round pick has struggled in his development from a defensive-end to a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Browns.
In 2009, under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, it looked like Wimbley was just beginning to become that strong pass rushing threat the Browns have lacked for years by posting 6.5 sacks and 69 tackles in 15 starts.
The trade of Wimbley has come as quite a surprise to the people of Cleveland, and the carousel of first-round picks being traded out of Cleveland continues.
Joe Thomas and Alex Mack are the only ones to remain on the roster since the Browns have re-entered the league in 1999.
What does this trade mean for the Cleveland Browns?
To start, it means that they now have a gaping hole at the outside linebacker position. With the departure of Wimbley, the depth chart now looks weaker than before.
David Bowens, Alex Hall, Jason Trusnik, and Matt Roth will all compete for the two starting outside linebacker positions in 2010.
It also means that outside linebacker may have just leap-frogged cornerback as a position of need at the No. 7 pick in the first round, and there are a few names that will be available to keep your eyes on at that pick:
1) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida
2) Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
3) Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas (if Cleveland trades down)
The trade of Wimbley to Oakland is definitely a shocker, and is mind-boggling when the Browns have so many other areas of need in their defense already.