Steelers Have Had Preliminary Contract Extension Talks With T Marcus Gilbert

Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and he’s made it clear that he wants to remain with the team that drafted him.

“I love it here,” Gilbert told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. My agent is working on that. I’m not worried about it. I’m just coming out here trying to get better, trying to become a complete player, trying to win a Super Bowl.”

Gilbert told Fittipaldo that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has already had preliminary contract talks with the Steelers, so we’ll have to see where that goes over the course of the next 80 days. The Steelers are also expected to have cornerback Cortez Allen high on their list of players to extend this offseason, so Gilbert might me waiting well into the summer.

While Gilbert has slightly improved every year since being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Florida, his play is still very inconsistent. That inconsistency is something that new Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak will be in charge of fixing.

“He’s tweaking different areas in our game,” Gilbert said of Munchak. “It’s showing out here. It’s crazy how a coach like him can share with us his experience, what worked best for him and what will work best for us. It’s been working out great for us. I feel like I’ve been having the best offseason I had since I’ve been here.”

The Steelers extended the contract of center Maurkice Pouncey last week and that included $14 million in guaranteed money. While Gilbert won’t see that much in guarantees as part of a new extension with the Steelers, $5 million might not be out of the question when you look at the contracts signed this offseason by Michael Oher, Breno Giacomini and Austin Howard.

For now, Gilbert is leaving all of that up to his agent.

“He’s looking into it. I just want to go out there and play. I’m just here to play football.”

Other possible comparable contracts:

Michael Oher – Signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans that included $9.35 million guaranteed of which $4 million was a signing bonus.

Breno Giacomini – Signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the New York Jets that included $7 million guaranteed of which $2.5 million was a signing bonus and $1 million was a first-year roster bonus.

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  • DoctorNoah

    Lock down mediocrity for years to come? I hope he makes a big step this year. I-line has been our Achilles heel for a long, long time, and I don’t know how much promise Gilbert has actually shown.

  • Roy Mohler

    We drafted many o linemen over the past 5 years or so and developed hardly any… There’s no way all of our draft picks were missed.. The answer is simple we’ve sucked at the coaching position. The biggest thing that’s happened to us for years has been the hiring of MIKE M. We got the key factor in our next Super Bowl win…don’t be shocked if we don’t start raising pro bowl linemen year after year from now on.

  • joed32

    I hope that they are making their contract decisions based on what he thinks of the players. I’m sure he has a lot of input.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    This is a good sign that Munch likes him.

    I’m all for letting him decide who to resign, wait on , draft, sign or cut. I’ll never feel that anyone else or myself is smart enough to question him.

  • ApexSteel

    Probably the most terrible to mediocre linemen we have. Don’t waste the money.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Well Said!

  • Milliken Steeler

    Really? Why are we doing that? He wont even end up being the starting R/T by the end of the year trust me.

  • Steel PAul

    Why?

  • cp72

    I am not a huge fan of Gilbert. That being said he is just 26 years old and has started a ton of games. I think coach Munchak can develop him into a solid starter.

    He may be inconsistent, but he is still better than Adams who is consistently terrible.

  • walter mason

    I hope we dont make him the highest paid OT in the league.

  • WIINGY

    get out…. the Steelers going to throw away money at Gilbert? Can we wait for him to beat out Adams first?

  • WIINGY

    Adams showed that he can run block though. If only he could learn how to pass protect.

  • Matt Manzo

    Based on our off season discussions, I’m assuming/hoping Adams can bust out and take the RT job.
    If neither improved would we get rid of one or both of em?
    I think worst case scenario is they both can’t handle starting and we don’t sign Gilbert and keep Adams as depth, looking for a RT in the draft or FA.
    Best case, they both dominate and we keep Adams and get a comp for Gilbert.
    Absolute Worst Case, is Beachum, Adams and Gilbert completely fall apart, then we’d be in trouble.

  • Milliken Steeler

    No he isnt. Adams played fine and showed very good run blocking at R/T. What do we do? We take him, coming off being stabbed and missing practice and put him on the blind side? Replacing Gilbert? What does that say about Gilbert?

    Adams back at R/T where he belongs will be the end of Gilbert on this team after this year unless, he is smart and signs for the league minimum.

  • Dan

    Adams arguably approached mediocrity later in the year at times, but to say he played fine is wackey. And when he was bad, he was beyond bad. Just bizarrely bad. I mean really really bad. If Munchak gets him in order, then God bless, but’s really hard to get those nightmarish images of him just playing tag at left tackle (and then he failed to tag the pass rusher half the time).

  • Dan

    I’d say wait unti after training camp to see how he does under Munchak’s guidance before reaching for the piggy bank.

  • Milliken Steeler

    If you’re going to comment on my posts Dan, at least read them. lol Im not talking about last year before we decided to take Adams coming off an injury and put him on the blind side. I love my Steelers and we are up and coming however, that move was just wrong.

    I’m talking the year before that. He is a better R/T than Gilbert plan and simple. Munchak will get it sorted out and back on the right side where he belongs, I believe its just a matter of time.

    He NEVER should have been put on the blind side, especially coming off of an injury and missing practice. If he stays on the left side where he doesn’t belong, he will eventually be done. If we move him back to R/T, I believe its Gilbert that will be finding a new home.

    Played well last year Dan? lol I would never have said that and we helped destroy the kids confidence. Before they finally pulled him, he was playing worse than the first game he played at L/T. I dont want to get on the kick a player when he’s down bandwagon, especially when the kid can play….at R/T

  • pat

    If Adams was better last yr he would of got the start not beachum and gilbert

  • Milliken Steeler

    One more time Pat. Not last year. The year before. Adams replaced Gilbert at L/T did he not? That was a bad decision on our part however, what did that say about Gilbert?

    If he is allowed to compete back at R/T its bye bye Gilbert I bet. One more time, he is not a L/T so know one is mentioning Beachum.smh

  • steelster

    How many sacks did gilbert give up in 2013 ? and is that number below average for right tackles.

  • Steelers@2010

    If there was a player the Steelers should allow to play out their contract, it should be this guy, Mr. Inconsistent.

  • Steelers@2010

    Say it again and say it loud! Don’t waiste the money!

  • cp72

    Sorry but I respectfully disagree. He was at best decent two years ago. He can run block, but is a train wreck in pass pro. While Gilbert is no pro bowler I would rather have him protecting the franchise.

  • Big White

    Baffled.

  • Matt Manzo

    If Gilbert does OK, not good but just ok, and Adams falls apart and stinks, do we keep Gilbert or look for a better RT?
    I’m thinking that one of the two will earn the job, but what if they don’t?
    There’s a lot of good pre season battles this year, but I’m excited about seeing how Beachum does and if Adams or Gilbert can pull through!

  • Milliken Steeler

    I respect your opinion CP All we can do is watch how this all plays out. I just have a feeling…..:)

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    3 years / $3 million total? $1 million guaranteed? Sound about right?

  • steelster

    He is a starting right tackle and will get at least 3 times that amount.

  • steeltown

    I think they’ll wait, maybe lock up C.Allen now but Gilbert can wait. Let’s have another training camp battle for RT with Adams and Gilbert now that Beachum is seemingly holding the LT spot (atleast for this yr) and if Adams beats out Gilbert then he will become expendable.

  • steeltown

    I think he gave up 10 or 11 sacks last yr, he was reported as playing hurt though. His rookie and sophomore seasons much went better, besides the injury of course in 2012 where I think he played only 6games, but if I remember correctly he didn’t give a single sack ‘on passing downs’ in that 6game span

  • Toddy Bravo

    Thank you. Someone who knows what he’s talking about. Is Gilbert inconsistent? Yes. Are 90% of RTs in the League also inconsistent? Yes. He’s a starting RT in the NFL, with pedigree and upside, who has shown very good flashes in his short career. $1 million/year is laughable. He will improve this year as he has done every year, especially with Munchak at the reigns. I assume most people didn’t want us to lock up the mediocrity of James Harrison either after he was cut multiple times. Patience and trust in the front office and coaching staff will serve us well, so we should be careful not pretend that we know more than they do.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Good attitude, and I hope he’s right both about Munchak and about his productive off-season, but I agree, there’s no need to rush into this (unless the team can get him at a huge discount). It would be great if he showed significant improvement this year and settled in at RT, but that’s hardly a sure thing at this point.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Thank you. This sounds like the Keamato and Colon extensions, stupid!

  • Dewayne Braxton

    So what, he still sucks. Who cares. We have to stop over paying mediocre and below average players. Thank goodness we didn’t give Wallace nor Nate Washington what they wanted.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Glad we have fans who actually watch the games. Gilbert isn’t a quality starter.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I think Munchak is good coach. But I do not think he is a miracle worker. Nor do I think that the previous Oline coaches were total idiots who could not coach at all. Coaches have changed but the line’s poor play has continued. Whenever the Titans Oline lacked talent they suffered. Lord Munchak could not save them.The Titan’s last two first rounders have been offensive lineman. Tennesse’s line is good because they add good players. They do not sign Marcus Gilbert types to long term deals.

  • Steelers@2010

    Yes, he maybe better than Adams, but that’s not really saying a lot when you think about it. I’m (SMH)! Why in the world is it so difficult for the Front Office to find and draft some quality O/L and DB’s? Please, somebody out there tell me why?

  • steelster

    He is ranked as the 23rd best right tackle in the nfl. So he is a little below average. With good coaching and improvement he can be in the top 20. The steelers can’t afford to pay top dollar at every offensive line position. I would rather see them invest in a good long term left tackle versus right tackle. They can get by with a average right tackle.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    WE KNOW HE SUCKS!

  • Dewayne Braxton

    With all due respect, signing below average talent on unit that already ranks among the NFL worse makes no sense. The draft offers mid round lineman who can play good to average football. If we drafted better the problem would be solved.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    When you consider that Jonathan Scott, Starks, Beachum, and Adams have been you most recent left tackles something is wrong.

  • steelster

    I think the offensive line will be a pleasant surprise this year. They just need to stay healthy.