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Cincinnati Bengals: Ex-Bengal Wallace Gilberry announces retirement

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LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 27: Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after sacking quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins (not pictured) in the first quarter during a preseason game at FedExField on August 27, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 27: Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after sacking quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins (not pictured) in the first quarter during a preseason game at FedExField on August 27, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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The Alabama product spent nine seasons in the NFL, including five with Cincinnati.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012-2016, announced his retirement from the NFL from his Instagram page on Friday afternoon.

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Gilberry was undrafted coming out of the University of Alabama in 2008. As a three-year starter with the Crimson Tide, Gilberry had 15 sacks and 46 tackles for loss. He was part of two bowl-winning Alabama teams in Tuscaloosa.

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The 2005 club won the Cotton Bowl. And in Nick Saban’s first year as head coach, Gilberry had five tackles and a sack in an Independence Bowl victory over Colorado.

The defensive end racked up 14 sacks over a four-year stint with Kansas City. He helped lead the Chiefs to a division title in 2010. Gilberry was left without a contract following the 2011 season. He was cut by the Buccaneers in September 2012.

Four days later, Gilberry was signed by the Bengals. His lone professional touchdown came that season, a fumble return TD in a win over Philadelphia.

Gilberry inked a three-year deal with the Bengals in March 2013 and had a career-high 7.5 sacks that season.

Return to Cincinnati

His contract expired after the 2015 season and he was part of the Bengals’ many free-agent departures.

Reggie Nelson signed in Oakland, Mohamed Sanu went to Atlanta and he joined Marvin Jones when he signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. After four games, he was placed on injured reserve with an abdominal issue and was released one week later.

The Bengals brought back the veteran in November 2016 after the bye week. He played in five games, collecting 2.5 sacks.

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Gilberry suited up in stripes during the 2017 preseason. But the Cincy youth movement – with draftees Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis along with free-agent Chris Smith – led to his release prior to the regular-season opener. He had 20 career sacks with Cincinnati, good for 17th on the Bengals’ all-time list.

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