Pittsburgh Steelers release Justin Gilbert

Antonio JonesFeb 08, 2017

Cornerback Justin Gilbert was released by the Steelers on Monday, the first day the Steelers could release him. The former Cleveland Browns player was picked up by the Steelers in 2016 after a trade with the Browns, but failed to make the impact the front office thought he would make and thus is now off the Steelers roster.

The Steelers traded their 2018 sixth-round pick to the Browns in September because they were thin at cornerback after Senquez Golson was injured in training camp.

In Pittsburgh, Gilbert said he had conquered his punctuality issues after admittedly sleeping through meetings while in Cleveland. While the offseason has barely gotten underway following Sunday evening's Super Bowl LI, the Steelers have wasted absolutely no time in parting ways with Gilbert. 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. During his National Football League tenure, he has recorded a total of 42 tackles alongside one interception, one touchdown and nine pass defenses. The rest of time that Gilbert saw the field it was on special teams. However, Gilbert only started three games in two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

As expected, there were high hopes for Gilbert out of Oklahoma State.

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