Steelers Release Former Cleveland First-Round Pick CB Justin Gilbert

The Steelers made a move last September adding former Cleveland Browns first-round pick Justin Gilbert to the roster, and in just one season they determined he wasn’t worthy of a roster spot despite his draft status.

Today the team released Gilbert, a player who never lived up to the hype and likely will have a tough time finding future work in the NFL.

Gilbert didn’t do all that much for the Steelers after the Browns traded him to Pittsburgh in a rare inter-divisional move in early September.

He returned some kicks in the postseason for the black and gold, but didn’t do much in terms of their defense and most of the season ended up on the inactive list.

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3 Comments on "Steelers Release Former Cleveland First-Round Pick CB Justin Gilbert"

  1. Good God, this was such a bad signing. About 2 million dollars in cap space for a guy who was already a bust. This is as stupid as the Atlanta Falcons choking the Super Bowl away because they can’t seem to understand that you run the ball and run the clock out. This is moronic and please get rid of Jarvis Jones too

  2. Robert H Shaffer | February 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm | Reply

    Maybe you should have figured it out before you signed him. Not surprised because the Steelers have a real problem judging defensive talent. How many first round busts lately?

  3. The Steelers had to know that Justin Gilbert hated to play football, so why waste the money on a complete loser? 2 million dollars down the drain like when they signed Ladarius Green. One bump and he is out for 12 weeks? Poor judgment there by Colbert and Tomlin land.

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