The Steelers could be looking to move on from veteran right tackle Marcus Gilbert sooner rather than later.
According to ESPN, Pittsburgh is ready to deal the 31-year-old lineman, who has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Steelers. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette suggests if the franchise can’t find a trade destination for Gilbert, he could be released to save nearly $5 million on the final year of his contract.
It appears Gilbert is aware of Pittsburgh’s intentions as he shared a cryptic message Friday on Twitter writing, in part, “Next chapter.”
Next chapter 🙏🏾😎
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) March 8, 2019
The Steelers selected Gilbert in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Florida and he immediately made an impact, starting 13 games in his rookie season.
He became Pittsburgh’s starting right tackle right away, but missed a significant amount of time due to injuries in addition to four games in 2017 for a PED suspension. Gilbert has made 87 starts throughout his career, but he was limited to just 12 over the past two years.
The Steelers finished 2018 with a 9-6-1 record amid a season filled with drama concerning running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Bell is set to become a free agent when the new league year begins next week after sitting out the entire season in hopes of reaching a long-term deal, while Brown is still on the trading block.