PewterReport.com is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson to a 2-year deal, according to his agent, Joby Branion.
The Bucs like the fact that Wilkerson has good size to play the run at 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, and he’s versatile. He has experience playing both defensive end positions as well as the under tackle spot.
Wilkerson has produced 94 tackles and just one sack in his five seasons in the NFL. Last year, Wilkerson had two of his five career starts and finished the season with 23 tackles and half a sack.
Wilkerson is not a great pass rusher, evidenced by his one career sack in five years in the NFL, but he does possess good quickness. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has traditionally had a player or two on the roster that has great position flexibility to play inside at tackle and outside at end. In the 1990s it was Tyoka Jackson. In the early 2000s it was Ellis Wyms. Over the last two years it has been Dewayne White and Kevin Carter.
The Buccaneers now have six defensive ends on their 2008 roster, including Wilkerson, Gaines Adams, Greg White, Patrick Chukwurah, Charles Bennett and Marquies Gunn. The addition of Wilkerson could mean that the Buccaneers may not re-sign Carter, who was released on Thursday along with veteran Greg Spires.
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