Bucs make four roster moves on defensive line

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shook up the end of their defensive line depth chart on Monday, signing veteran ends Wallace Gilberry and Jayme Mitchell. They waived rookie defensive tackle Myles Wade and defensive end Hilee Taylor.

Taylor, 25, was signed after a rookie camp tryout. He lacks NFL-caliber pass-rush ability and was trying to make the roster as a special teamer.

Wade, 22, was an undrafted rookie out of Portland State.

Mitchell, 28, looks the part at 6-foot-6, 285 with athletic tools, but he’s never been an effective regular-season game performer. He flopped badly as a starter in Cleveland last season, despite high hopes from G.M. Tom Heckert.

Gilberry (pictured) is 27 years old and just two seasons removed from a seven-sack campaign in Kansas City. We’d give him a decent chance to make the Buccaneers’ final 53, particularly after Da’Quan Bowers’ likely year-ending Achilles’ tear.

15 responses to “Bucs make four roster moves on defensive line

  1. Raheem needs an explanation.

    Josh Freeman’s hair stylist needs an explanation also.

  2. Gilberry is a good rotational pass rusher. As a Chiefs fan I got to see him a lot. Any time he came into the game I wasn’t going “oh, the back up is in” I was pleased with him in pass rushing situations. Wish the Chiefs could have held on to him, but time to move on.

  3. i cant believe anybody signed Mitchell . he is soft with no motivation . he wont make it out of camp i bet . he stunk it up in Cleveland last year .

  4. rbell2123 says:Jun 4, 2012 6:39 PM

    It’s a good thing McCoy is as good as Suh.
    oh wait, no he ain’t!

    More class though…

  5. Gilberry is a good rotational DE. after his seven sack season, he entered the following season leaner but less effective. Buc’s got a decent back up.

  6. Not sure why people bring up the Suh vs. McCoy argument. Lions had #2 pick in the 2010 draft and they selected Suh. The Bucs had #3 pick so it isn’t like the Bucs passed on Suh to take McCoy.

  7. Gilberry could be one of the steals of free agency. He was in the wrong scheme in KC and is much more suited to be a 4-3 end. If he returns to his 2011 playing weight, he could be a breakout player. I was sad to see him leave KC, but he just wasn’t a fit in their system. Seems to also be a good guy with a good head on his shoulders.

  8. These are great rotational guys and that is exactly how they will be used. I’m really buying into what coaches, owners, and management are selling so far. As a Bucs fan, I can honestly say this is the most excited I’ve been in a long time. I have a feeling I’m not alone. Attendance will increase as there is finally a worthwhile product being offered!

  9. Gilberry had 7 sack in 2010 with Herms 4-3 defense. 2011 he had 2 when Herm left and they switched to a 3-4. Pretty sure he’s more comfortable in a 4-3. All you Suh lovers shut up. He’s a punk and has a crappy attitude. Good luck with all his future suspensions.

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