Gilbert signed his exclusive-rights contract tender Wednesday, according to the league's official transaction log.
Gilbert has developed nicely in the Packers' system since joining the organization as an undrafted free agent in 2016. In 2018, the Arizona product saw a massive jump in playing time and ultimately logged 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a reserve role. While he'll undoubtedly take a backseat to expensive free-agent acquisitions Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith in 2019, Gilbert should nonetheless team up with Kyler Fackrell to provide Green Bay with the kind of pass-rushing depth the city hasn't had in a while.
The 25-year-old was solid for the Packers in his first full NFL season, recording 38 tackles (27 solo) and four sacks in 16 games. Gilbert could see an increased role with the team if they decide to move on from Clay Matthews and/or Nick Perry. At worst, the Arizona product should resume his role contributing on defense and special teams in 2019.
Gilbert spent the entire season as a reserve, but he appeared in every game for the Packers after playing in just two contests the year before. Gilbert could get a shot at a more prominent role in 2019 if the Packers decide to move on from Clay Matthews and/or Nick Perry, but it's more likely they'll try to bring in starters should they get rid of either or both players.
Gilbert made three tackles (one solo), recorded a sack, and recovered a fumble in Sunday's victory over the Dolphins.
Gilbert's sack was his second of the season. He has played a backup outside linebacker role all season and will continue to do so, but he could see a boost in snaps in Week 11 if fellow linebacker Nick Perry (knee) is unable to play.
|2016||Green Bay Packers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||2||2||2.0||0||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||16||38||27.0||11||2.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|