Bengals re-sign DE Wallace Gilberry to multi-year deal
Following re-signing Wallace Gilberry and placing the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Pat Sims and defensive end Robert Geathers are the only remaining free agents on the Cincinatti Bengals’ defensive line. The Cincinnati Bengals have to reach a decision over their other18 potentially unrestricted free agents by the start of free agency next week.
Wallace Gilberry was one of the more surprising players on the Cincinnati Bengals defense last year after being signed in Week 3 to replace Jamaal Anderson, who suffered a season-ending quad injury in the early season win over Cleveland Browns. In the next 14 regular-season games Wallace Gilberry finished with 6.5 sacks (third on the team), and a forced fumble. Wallace Gilberry also had 34 tackles, nine QB pressures and three fumble recoveries (tying for the team lead) while returning one for a crucial 25 yard touchdown in the Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Including the playoffs loss to the Houston Texans, Wallace Gilberry took 346 snaps on defense and 45 on special teams last season
“Feels good to look in the mirror and know that the hard work has paid off and that there’s still hope for us #underdogs,” Wallace Gilberry tweeted after the news of his re-signing came out late Sunday.
Entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama, Wallace Gilberry had quite an uneventful trip across the league, first being signed by the New York Giants in 2008, before being released in the final cuts that year. The Kansas City Chiefs picked him up from there and gave Wallace Gilberry a four season run after which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed and released him a couple of times until the final release on Sept. 16, 2012, to accommodate Derek Hardman on the roster.
And so, the Cincinnati Bengals addressed their defensive needs by signing Wallace Gilberry to a one-year deal in early season. In a recent interview, Wallace Gilberry indicated his desire to return with the Cincinnati Bengals next season after they trusted him with a major role in 2012.
“Cincinnati’s definitely interested. And I’m definitely interested in Cincinnati,” Wallace Gilberry said. “Hopefully my agent can work out the legitimates and have me back in that No. 95 Bengals jersey.”