The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are dealing with potentially losing starting DE Da'Quan Bowers (Achilles) for the season, have signed DEs Wallace Gilberry and Jayme Mitchell to a one-year contracts, the team announced. To make room for those two players on their 90-man roster, the Buccaneers waived DE Hilee Taylor and DT Myles Wade.
Gilberry (6-2, 270) has spent the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, playing in 53 games with three starts. During that time, he has recorded 46 tackles, 14.0 sacks, five passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Gilberry originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2008, spending time on the team’s practice squad before being signed by the Chiefs.
Gilberry has played virtually his entire career in a 3-4 defensive scheme, but the Buccaneers will use a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Greg Schiano. However, it should be noted that Gilberry played mostly as a nickel pass rusher when the Chiefs went to a four-man front.
Mitchell (6-6, 285) is a six-year veteran, playing with the Minnesota Vikings and, most recently, the Cleveland Browns. He has played in 43 career games with 13 starts, recording 61 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He originally entered the league with the Vikings in 2006, where he played until being traded to the Browns in 2010. Last season, Mitchell started in 13 games for Cleveland and recorded 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Mitchell is better against the run than he is as a pass rusher, which could suggest he'll line up at LDE with the Buccaneers.