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.”

  • Dom

    This is a good move in my opinion should be quite cheap and could really kick on with Munchak, Unlike Adams etc.

  • grw1960

    It is a good move,but he ain’t going to be cheap. Hopefully he signs for a reasonable amount.

  • dgh57

    I think if there is a extension coming it’ll be after he gets a few preseason games under his belt first to make sure Gilbert has progressed under Munchak’s tutelage. So far he seems to be ahead of Adams who’s still not getting it!

  • steeltown

    Hopefully it’s a reasonable deal.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He’s not terrible at RT but sounds like he’s a better option right now than Mike Adams. I’d say go ahead and offer him a decent contract but I wouldn’t break the bank. Adams is still inconsistent even after working with Munchak and i’m starting to think that arrow is pointing down on him. It would be nice to keep a good O line intact for the next few years..

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    This is a difficult one. It reminds me a lot of the Ziggy Hood situation.

    A lot of fans wanted to re-sign Ziggy. (You know who you are.) And, true, there is some advantage to locking up a young journeyman player who knows our system. Especially when you don’t have any other decent options.

    The problem is you marry yourself to an AVERAGE talent for at least the next couple of years. And you pay a good chunk of salary cap that could’ve gone to locking up a PREMIUM player.

    The better decision is to cut your losses. Draft another young stud OT in the 1st or 2nd round. (Maybe even draft 2 OT’s). And within one year you will most likely have better talent for less money.

    Look at Tuitt. By next year we will have a starting LDE for 1/4 the salary that Hood would’ve required, who will most likely out-perform him.

    The draft is hit and miss. You’re going to whiff on guys like Gilbert and Adams. You can’t always control that. What you can control is perpetuating the problem.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    And we don’t really have a ton of needs on offense as far as the draft. We need a premium dual threat TE and a premium OT.

    And it’s the offense’s “turn” in the first round in a draft that looks fairly stacked at 1st-2nd round talent at OT.

    It sure would’ve been nice to keep Keenan Lewis so we wouldn’t “need” a CB so badly and could draft a LT and TE in rounds 1 and 2.

    Again, that’s why you don’t spend good chunks of money on average players like Gilbert. So you have room to keep the really good players.

  • steelant

    what about cortez allen we are going to need corners next year ike gone willie g going to be 30 and on last year of contract

  • Big White

    Oh no……..