Raiders sign defensive tackle Gilbert

Updated: October 28, 2003, 7:51 PM ET

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders signed defensive tackle Sean Gilbert on Tuesday to bolster their depleted defensive line.

The 33-year-old Gilbert hasn't played in 2003 after spending the previous five seasons with the Carolina Panthers. The Raiders, reeling at 2-5, have worked out several players in recent days.

"Sean brings experience and productivity and we look forward to him making a contribution this season," coach Bill Callahan said.

Defensive tackle John Parrella has a torn groin muscle and it's unclear when he will return or whether his injury will require surgery. DT Dana Stubblefield is recovering from an ankle injury and defensive end Sam Williams' knee is hurting.

In 1993, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound Gilbert became the youngest player to start in the Pro Bowl at age 22. He has 4{ career sacks in 10 NFL seasons, but was considered an underachiever in Carolina.

"I'm very excited about joining the Raiders," Gilbert said. "I'm happy to be part of this historic program and I'm looking forward to getting on the field."

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