Many KC Chiefs fans have been wondering whether or not DR Wallace Gilberry will re-sign with the team now that the NFL draft has passed. According to Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, who gave an interview on 810 WHB this week, the odds of Gilberry returning are not good.
When asked if Gilberry wasn’t coming back, Pioli said:
I would say probably accurate. We had talked to Wallace a number of times during the season about an extension. We talked to him during the offseason and Wallace wasn’t ready to make a move and wasn’t ready to do anything. He wanted to see what the market was. We hadn’t heard back from him and his people. I think both sides wanted to see what happened after the draft.
Pioli went on to say that the team talked about extending Gilberry during the season but that the DE wanted to test the free agent market. To this point, Gilberry has not signed with another team.
Pioli did add that although Gilberry returning is unlikely, they “never say never.”
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gilberry signed soon. He had a pretty good season in 2010 and looked to be developing into a pass rushing specialist. Given his size, Gilberry would likely be better suited as a DE in a 4-3 defense.
I doubt Gilberry will be back in KC but I think whichever team does sign him, will be very pleased.
(h/t Arrowhead Pride for the Pioli quotes)