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Joe Thomas on Justin Gilbert

08 February 2017

While searching for depth in the secondary, the Steelers acquired Gilbert from Cleveland in August in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

ESPN's Adam Caplan noted Monday was the first day National Football League teams, excluding the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, could begin trimming their rosters in preparation for the offseason.

To the surprise of nearly no one, the Pittsburgh Steelers released former Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert on Monday.

There will be no salary cap ramifications for the Steelers because Gilbert's contract was not guaranteed.

It is also worth noting that the Cleveland Browns, who also play in the AFC North division, claimed another defensive back in Tyvis Powell off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday afternoon. Gilbert's one interception for the Browns came against the Indianapolis Colts when he returned a pick-six for 23 yards against quarterback Andrew Luck. After being released, Gilbert can only hope the third time is the charm.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to give Justin Gilbert a chance. Cleveland made two trades in the top ten picks in order to select the former Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback. Gilbert, a cornerback and kickoff returner, appeared in 12 regular-season and two playoff games with the Steelers without making a start.

Joe Thomas on Justin Gilbert