Wallace Gilberry is a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, and his name might be one you recognize. Last year, when Greg Schiano was new to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gilberry was in training camp with the team, cut on cut down day, and then re-signed to complete the opening day roster.
He was then cut a couple of weeks later to make room for a backup guard, who was then cut to make room for Jordan Shipley, who was then cut for dropping punts.
Since then, he’s tallied 8.5 sacks and 32 tackles as a member of the Bengals, who did not mince any words when relaying his thoughts about Greg Schiano on the official team website.
“When I was in Tampa, it was frustrating. The whole situation. From the time I got there until the time I left,” Gilberry said before practice Thursday. “They released me twice. They cut me on the field at practice after the final cuts. I was on the field, ready to practice in pads and everything. Schiano came on the field and got me. ‘Hey, we’ve got to release you.’
“I flew home to Alabama and they called me the next morning. ‘We made a mistake. We want to bring you back.’ They signed me back. I made the opening day roster. My contract was guaranteed (because he was vested) and then they cut me again after Week 1. Schiano’s a joke, as you can see.”
The Bengals’ official website would also take a jab at the Buccaneers, saying that the team “struggles in all kinds of situations.”
Gilberry would then praise the honesty and openness of his new coach, Marvin Lewis, and state his commitment to his team which signed him to a new three-year contract in March.
This is yet another example of the Buccaneers’ organization being poorly run under the watch of Schiano (and Mark Dominik), and also evidence of their inability to see the talent in a player who had success prior to and after being released by the Bucs.
It’s also telling that an official team website would be so bold as to publish quotes so directly commenting on the status of another franchise. But with the state of the Buccaneers lately, it all seems quite justified.