Garrett Gilkey started Training Camp as the starting right guard for the Cleveland Browns. He ended getting waived by the Cleveland Browns. Gilkey was a candidate for the Browns practice squad but looks like the offensive line needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers snatched him up:
It’s official..I’m a Buccaneer.
You can not get more official, except for maybe a team releasing the details, than a players tweeter feed. Gilkey will help fill a huge hole in Tampa. Until their trade for Logan Mankins, Oniel Cousins was in line to start at guard for them. Browns fans know all about Cousins.
Gilkey’s athleticism and aggressive style should serve him well but he seemed more suited for a zone/stretch blocking system more than Lovie Smith’s power running game. He will start off a bit behind but could catch up quickly. He is one injury away from starting for a team that wants to compete for a playoff spot.
For the Browns, much like the loss of Donald Hawkins, the team must move on. Once you put a player on waivers you have to be okay with them being claimed. The Browns have claimed two offensive linemen and will have to make corresponding moves themselves today, which seems to include releasing Rex Grossman.
As we discussed today when we reviewed the NFL Waivers Process (New Window) a second wave of players will become available once this first wave of claims happens. By the end of tomorrow we should have a good idea of the Browns Week 1 roster.
What do you think led to Gilkey losing the starting job and then being cut?