Steelers Cut Justin Gilbert

The Steelers have cut cornerback Justin Gilbert, per a team announcement, thus ending a short tenure in Pittsburgh for the 25-year-old.
Justin Gilbert

Gilbert joined the Steelers last September via trade with the AFC North rival Browns, who acquired a 2018 sixth-round selection in return. That came just two years after the Browns used the eighth overall pick in the draft on Gilbert, an ex-Oklahoma State star whose success in college hasn’t translated to the pros. Gilbert logged only three starts in two years with the Browns, and he didn’t pick up any in 12 appearances with the Steelers. All told, he played just 11 defensive snaps in Pittsburgh and made one tackle.

Going forward, Gilbert’s 2017 cap charge – upward of $2.17MM – will come off the Steelers’ books, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (Twitter link).

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10 comments on “Steelers Cut Justin Gilbert

  1. crazysull

    Could be a decent pick up for the Raiders or the Cowboys or the Panthers, they are in need of secondary help and this gives them a young player who still can develop. I am surprised the Steelers cut him I thought that they would at least give him one full season with the team and then depending on how that goes either trade him or keep him or cut him. The Steelers already have a weak secondary so unless they have a big move coming this move makes no sense

    • sufferfortribe

      As a Browns fan, I can attest to the fact that Gilbert just plain stinks. Bad attitude and lack of desire while with the Browns. One of the worst picks in Cleveland history, and that’s saying a lot.

  2. Phattey

    Hope the packers scoop him up way, more upside then the bums Ted normally gets for us

    • leefieux

      As a Steeler fan, I highly disagree with that statement. If Gilbert was anything close to “average” we wouldn’t have cut him. He barely made an impact on special teams and only played defense as a 6th corner when everyone else was hurt.

      I don’t know if he is dumb, lazy or has a bad attitude or just doesn’t have the skills people thought he did. Whatever it was, he wasn’t any good.


      The Packers could definitely use his talent. lots of upside, he just needs to find his fit, maybe it’s Lambeau?

  3. json-api

    If you use “we” when speaking of a team, you’re a homer. Quit it. It’s THEY for God’s sake.

  4. tylerall5

    Such a shame he couldn’t stick in Pittsburgh. The secondary would actually be good if he would have worked, Burns and Davis develop, and having the veteran Will Gay and Mike Mitchell. But in the end, laziness gets you nowhere.

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