We heard the news that was expected for months on Monday when DE Wallace Gilberry left Kansas City. The fifth-year veteran agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gilberry entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2008 before finding his way onto the Chiefs active roster from the Giants practice squad.
During his four years in Kansas City, Gilberry quickly proved he belonged in the league by appearing in all 48 games over the past three seasons. His best season was in 2010 when he finished second on the team in sacks behind only Tamba Hali.
Gilberry took a big step back last season as he was unable to find his way to the quarterback. As he saw fewer snaps and rookie Justin Houston played Robin to Hali’s Batman, it was clear there wouldn’t be a future for Gilberry in Kansas City.
Despite joining the Bucs so late in the offseason, I fully expect Gilberry to stick in Tampa Bay. A fresh start should be just what he needs to get his game back on track.