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June 4, 2012 @ 5:11 pm
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Bucs Add Depth To Defensive Line; Sign Gilberry and Mitchell

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The loss of Da'Quan Bowers to an Achilles injury had caused the Buccaneers to scour the free agent leftovers for potential depth. Monday Tampa Bay signed Wallace Gilberry and Jayme Mitchell to one-year free agent contracts, and released two others.
The Buccaneers continue to add depth to the defensive line, announcing the signings of DL Wallace Gilberry and DE Jayme Mitchell to one-year contracts on Monday. The team also announced they have released DE Hilee Taylor and waived DT Myles Wade.

Gilberry 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 N.Y. Giants in 2008, spending time on the team's practice squad before being signed by the Chiefs.

Mitchell 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.

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    Anyone know any Buc's DLs who have gotten 14 sacks from that position over the last three years? Gilberry has a legitimate shot to make this roster; his production does not sound like cannon fodder to me. Also good to hear that Jayme is tall and fast from a Buc insider in Viking land! If he is tough enough to stop the run too, he could make the opening roster until Bowers comes back. Now, I'll be honest; I would prefer the Bucs bring Carter back, too. He was a good back up at DE for us in the past, but DOM made good moves bringing in Gilberry and Jayme. I still want to see McCoy moved to DE until Bowers comes back to see what he can do from the outside. We could also find out quickly if another DL can step up to play as a starter inside, at the same time. We only need one, because once Price gets over his grieving over the tragic loss of his sister, I think he will come on like a freight train at his positon, just like he did his senior year at UCLA when his second brother was needlessly murdered in LA.
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    these signings should shore up our practice squad roster, lol
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    This could spell the end of Bowers;
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    I say this about the new coach He is not afraid to make moves, and this will push the guys who must now fight dfor their jobs-GO BUCS GO I LOVE IT GLH
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    I had the opportunity to get to know Jayme pretty well up her in Minnesota. He is a super guy and will be great for the Tampa Bay area. I hope he taps into the potential he has. He is tall, fast and motivated. He has been talking about wanting to go to Tampa for years. Hopefully coming home to the south will be what he needs to have a break year!!! Good luck Jayme!!!!
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    Danishbucfan: I was being sarcastic. Of course neither of these two represent a threat to Gerald McCoy; but I'll bet there is a certain unnamed poster who thinks so. Or is it "so-so"?
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    Scubog: Why should these signings spell doom for McCoy? None of these guys seem to be starter material. Gilberry was a situational nickel rusher who didnt perform especially well against the run. If McCoy can avoid injuries this year he will have a great year.
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    oh wallace gilberry will make the team he will be a starter before midseason he had 7 1/2 sacks in 2010 season playing in a 3-4 under size never being abl to really set the edge like in the sec when he was coming off that end not being a dt like he was playing in k.c. but he might make the pro bowl watch out tampa bay he hungry!!!!!!!
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    These signings must spell doom for McCoy.
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    I think they still sign A Carter, over 10 sacks four different times and would probably do a one year deal. The tackle play in 2011 may be holding this up as it may be deemed a tad more important,unless they may be thinking about moving big mouth.
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    Gilberry has a chance to make the team at LDE due to injury to Bowers. He has produced before at the Chiefs. The other guy is a flop in previous nfl positions. Mitchell has classic size and may be a project if moved to the inside as a DT, but as a LDE, just camp fodder!
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