We’ve got another minor trade for you. This time, it’s the Packers sending outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert to the Titans in exchange for a seventh-round pick, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
Gilbert entered the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2016, and he’s been in Green Bay ever since. Gilbert spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad, and then managed to get on the active roster for a bit in 2017. He was finally able to carve out a real role last season, when he appeared in all 16 games.
Playing in a rotational role, Gilbert racked up 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two passes defended. All told he ended up playing over 45 percent of the defensive snaps, so he was more than just a bit contributor. The Arizona product will be a free agent after the season. The Titans could use some pass-rushing depth, so their interest makes some sense.
It’s not a coincidence that all these minor trades are starting to take place. It’s a way for teams to circumvent the waiver process and add depth before roster cutdowns by giving up late-round picks. These type of moves will continue to happen more and more as we get closer to cutdown day.
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