By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals. In exchange, the Steelers received a sixth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
No deal can become official until March 13th. That’s when the new league-year starts.Embed from Getty Images
The 31-year-old will make $4.8 million in the final year of his contract in 2019. He signed a five-year, $30.8 million deal with the Steelers.
Pittsburgh will be responsible for a $1.7 million dead cap hit.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native was the Steelers second-round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent his entire career with the Steelers up until this deal.
He was limited to five games during the 2018 season. In the last two seasons, he started 12 games. Gilbert missed 21 games over those two regular seasons.
Gilbert last played more than 10 games in a season in 2016 when he started 13 games.
According to OurLads.com, Gilbert was slated to start at right tackle on their depth chart this season. Now, the team may either utilize his backups Jerald Hawkins or Joe Cheek as a starter, or sign a player in free agency. The team could also trade for a tackle, as well.
Gilbert now will likely become an immediately starter at right tackle for the Cardinals. Former starter Joe Barksdale is a free agent.
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