Arizona acquired Gilbert from the Steelers last spring in exchange for a sixth-round pick, and had been planning to install him as its full-time starter at right tackle. However, as has been so often the case during Gilbert’s NFL career, injuries prevented him from getting on the field.
A knee injury forced Gilbert to injured reserve in early September, and he didn’t end up playing a single down during the 2019 campaign. Gilbert, 32, appeared in only 12 total games from 2017-18, and hasn’t played a full 16-game slate since 2015.
While Gilbert certainly won’t give the Cardinals security at right tackle, he will give the club options. He’ll likely compete for time with Justin Murray, who started 12 games in Gilbert’s stead a season ago. With both Murray and Gilbert in tow, and blindside protector D.J. Humphries back on a three-year deal, Arizona may no longer view offensive tackle as a priority for the eighth overall selection.
Gilbert, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, has appeared in 88 career games, all with the Steelers. While injuries have taken a toll on his overall production, he’s generally performed as an above-average tackle when able to take the field.
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