DE Wallace Gilberry set to join Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Wallace Gilberry

With just two defensive ends on the roster at the end of March, the Lions have been looking at pass rushers on the market, and they found one Monday.

Wallace Gilberry, who spent the past four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, is set to sign with the Lions, according to a tweet from his agency, Sun Trust Advisors.

Gilberry, 31, has a good chance contribute to the Lions’ defensive end group this season, even if they look for another veteran or draft a defensive end. For now, he joins Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor as the only defensive ends on the roster.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Gilberry played as a backup in the Bengals’ defensive end rotation last year, finishing with 23 tackles and two sacks. In 2014, he started all 16 games with 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Gilberry went undrafted out of Alabama in 2008. After starting his career with the New York Giants, he made his debut with the Kansas City Chiefs and played five games as a rookie. He developed a sizable role the next three years, tallying 14 sacks from 2009-11 for the Chiefs.

Gilberry joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, but was cut before the season, which led him to Cincinnati. He had 24 tackles and 6.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2012 and followed that with 24 tackles and 7.5 sacks before his sack totals dipped the past two seasons.

Jason Jones, Darryl Tapp and Corey Wootton are all Lions defensive ends that remain free agents. The Lions likely will add another veteran and draft one at some point with their 10 picks.

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