In August, the Steelers traded a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Gilbert, who went eighth overall in the 2014 NFL draft out of Oklahoma State. He recorded three tackles in minimal action on defense last season. Gilbert was due a $970,023 base salary for 2017 and had a $1.2-million roster bonus due in March.
This is the second consecutive season the Steelers parted with a cornerback for whom they traded a late-round draft pick to acquire. In 2015, Pittsburgh sent a fifth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for the rights to Brandon Boykin,who recorded 25 tackles and five pass deflections but wasn't re-signed in free agency.
One of Gilbert's former teammates, left tackle Joe Thomas, threw Gilbert some shade on social media Monday:
In Pittsburgh, Gilbert said he had conquered his punctuality issues after admittedly sleeping through meetings while in Cleveland.
But after one year as a special teamer, the team didn't see him in their cornerback plans.