Browns Trade CB Justin Gilbert To Steelers

1:10pm: The Browns will receive a 2018 sixth-rounder for Gilbert, per a club announcement.

12:44pm: We have not just a trade alert, but an intra-divisional trade alert. The Browns are trading former first-round cornerback Justin Gilbert to the Steelers, a source tells Adam Schefter of (on Twitter).

Gilbert, whom the Browns chose eighth overall in the 2014 draft, is one of five first-rounders Cleveland used from 2012-14. None of the players they chose are currently on their roster, as Field Yates of ESPN tweets.

An ex-Oklahoma State Cowboy, Gilbert struggled mightly as a member of the Browns, with whom he appeared in 23 of 32 possible regular-season games and made only three starts. Just nine of those appearances and one start came last year for Gilbert, who amassed 10 tackles and failed to record an interception.

Still only 24, Gilbert will now join contending Pittsburgh, where he’ll attempt to realize his vast potential. The Steelers already have a couple of recent high picks among their top corners in the form of two 2016 selections – first-rounder Artie Burns and second-rounder Sean Davis. William Gay and Ross Cockrell are likely to start, as Roster Resource shows.

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10 comments on “Browns Trade CB Justin Gilbert To Steelers

  1. Strauss

    Farmer and company have caused this franchise money and a lot of frustration! Haslem, you better have it right now or you may as well sell and get out of the NFL. RIGHT NOW YOURE ONE OF THOSE OWNERS WITH MONEY AND EGO BUT ARE CLUELESS ON RUNNING A FOOTBALL TEAM.

  2. Danthemilwfan

    You can’t trade away young talented players for draft picks. Two 1st round picks in the last few years for much lower picks. Basically rg III will be putting up huge numbers in losing efforts

    • You can if the alternative is nothing or another fringe roster player. No team is going to give a high draft pick for a guy who has been basically a bust so far.

  3. sufferfortribe

    Well, when the Browns play the Squeelers this year, I’m betting they target Gilbert every chance they get. This guy couldn’t cover his eyes if you gave him a blindfold.

    • jlivers77

      Since the Squeelers aren’t an NFL team are you implying the Brown will be out of the league before seasons end?

      • Ravens_Last_Place


    • Cabrera4l

      He’s gonna have top notch coaches to make him better and he’s going to be way better then he was. Just watch

  4. Ravens_Last_Place

    The Poop Stains are so dumb. Terrible move by them, great pickup by the Steelers. If he doesn’t work out, who cares…they will probably be picking late so a late 2018 6th rounder for an early 2014 1st rounder. No brainier for Pittsburgh.

    • st1300b

      Exactly how much development can you expect from the Browns coaching carousel. Enter stability and championship level coaches.

    • ohiodevil

      You’ve obviously never watched Gilbert play. He will be lucky to survive the season with Pittsburgh unless he can return kicks, because he cannot play CB.

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