Report: Contract Extension Talks With Steelers T Marcus Gilbert Have Begun

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed kicker Shaun Suisham to a contract extension on Friday and it appears as though tackle Marcus Gilbert could also could be a recipient of an extension prior to the start of the regular season.

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Gilbert said Friday night that his agent Drew Rosenhaus has been in talks with the Steelers about getting an extension done, however, no deal is imminent.

“We will know in a few weeks,” Gilbert said. “I am either going to get it now or wait it out. For me, it is all about getting better with my guys.”

Gilbert, who was drafted by the Steelers in the second-round of 2011 NFL Draft out of Florida, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. All offseason, he’s been working as the starting right tackle.

While Gilbert did start all 16 games last season for the Steelers at right tackle, he didn’t finish all of them and was banged up for most of the season. Gilbert showed up on the injury report seven times in 2013 with quadricep and ankle injuries.

“He played through a lot this year,” said guard Ramon Foster back in January of Gilbert’s play in 2013. “I was proud to see him finish out the season healthy. His leg was two different sizes and he never moaned about it, complained about it. He just finished. My hat’s off to him.”