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Buccaneers claim Garrett Gilkey, waive Josh Allen, keep Oniel Cousins

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Another offensive guard for the Bucs: Garrett Gilkey comes in to replace Josh Allen.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced claiming offensive guard Garrett Gilkey off waivers, and cutting center Josh Allen to make room for him. Allen played almost all of the fourth preseason game as a center, but the Bucs have decided they'd rather keep Oniel Cousins instead of him.

Gilkey was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns last year, and did well as a starter in one game. He worked with current Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop there, which explains why the Bucs are interested in him. That's presumably also the reason Oniel Cousins is still hanging around: Warhop at least knows what he has in these two players, and they're familiar with his scheme.

Still, Gilkey probably won't be anything more than a third-string backup this year. Logan Mankins will start at left guard, while either Patrick Omameh or Rishaw Johnson will be the starting right guard. With Kadeem Edwards and Oniel Cousins on the roster too, there's simply not that much room for any offensive lineman.