Steelers Waive CB Justin Gilbert

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a transaction on Monday and it’s a surprising one.

Waived on Monday was cornerback Justin Gilbert, who the Steelers acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns just prior to the start of the 2016 regular season.

Gilbert, who dressed for 12 regular season games in 2016 for the Steelers, saw very little playing time on defense with most of it coming in the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The former first-round draft pick of the Browns registered 3 total tackles during the regular season with two of those being assisted tackles on special teams.

The Steelers traded a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Browns to acquire Gilbert.

In case you’re curious about the timing related to this transaction, February 6 is the first day of waivers for 2017.

Bouchette: Steelers Face No Salary Cap Ramifications In Waiving Of Gilbert

  • stan

    This has to have been an off the field thing. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this through the grapevine before long.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    My blood is boiling. Another draft pick wasted with absolutely no return on investment smh.

  • T R

    its definitely something behind the scenes on this. you just don’t cut no one at this point in time of the season unless its off the field or attitude toward coaching or something.

  • Mark P

    He will be an All Pro with New England this time next year.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    There are basically only 2 reasons to do this. 1. Off the field issue. 2. The coaches have seen enough whether it be attitude or work ethic.

  • 20Stoney

    Ripped off by the freakin’ Browns.

  • afrazier9

    dude i would have an attitude if the geniouses never played me

  • Chris S

    Outside of what some have said…I wonder if it has anything to do with his contract. He has a larger upcoming cap hit if I remember correctly. Maybe they cut him to save that money next year and end up re-signing him at a lower more reasonable rate.

  • steelburg

    There wasn’t a whole lot of risk to this trade but a ton of reward if it worked out. At the moment I know people are going to be pissed and I know I’m going to sound crazy for saying this. But I hope they make more trades like this in the future. This one didn’t workout but I liked the trade.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    low risk, high reward…no qualms with this one.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    No, we’re terrible at them.

  • 20Stoney

    Not only did they lose the draft pick, don’t forget his contract was guaranteed, so there’s cap space lost as well.

  • LucasY59

    well can bet there will be a CB drafted this yr now (shouldve even if they kept Gilbert around)

  • The Truth

    Another pointless trade. Which DB will the Steelers trade a pick for next season?

  • LucasY59

    which makes him getting cut now seem like a bad move, at least keep him through camp, but I guess he was so bad it was worth the dead $ to dump him

  • LucasY59

    Gah, FRUSTRATING!!! someone take away Colberts CB trading privileges (or at least ask Mike T if he will EVER make it on the field before they make the trade…)

  • RickM

    People will say it’s only a 6th rounder. But every draft choice is important. You can hit a home run like AB, or each pick gives you a itttle a more flexibility with mid-round trades. But some will say the wasted draft picks for guys like Scobee and Gilbert don’t matter. And they’ll dismiss it the next time it happens as well. We acquired a guy with terrible NFL game tape and disciplinary problems and basically got squat.

  • Jamaal Hood

    “If you don’t like football, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, your star will burn out quick.” via Joe Thomas’s twitter account

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Chickillo, McCullers, Beachum, Vince Williams, and Antonio Brown were all 6th round and later picks. So no, I’d rather have the picks. There’s no such thing as a throw-away pick.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    I might be ok with it if we didn’t do the exact same thing the year before and got the same results.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Less than squat. $2mil dead money cap hit this year, wasted roster spot all season that could’ve been used on a younger guy, and a lost 6th round pick.

  • RickM

    They were going to cut him. They just found a team that would give them something for nothing.

  • LucasY59

    at the time I thought a 2018 6th rdr didnt seem like that big of a deal, but AFTER the BOYKIN, SCOBEE, AND GILBERT trade there is no way to defend how STUPID these moves are

  • Biggie

    There is absolutely no reason to cut him and not bring him back as competition in camp, especially before the draft unless he has done something.

  • SteelersDepot

    read above

  • LucasY59

    couldve kept Shabazz all yr and added Feeney before he got poached by the aints

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Amen.

  • LucasY59

    is anyone going to claim that waste of cap space? especially if they can let waivers go and sign him after he goes unclaimed for much cheaper

  • Sam Clonch

    Now lets go back and list all the 6th round or later picks that HAVEN’T turned into anything. Actually, we don’t have that much time.

  • RickM

    Yes, a very costly mistake. I remember Alex doing a very frank review of his tape when he came and he said he didn’t expect the Steelers would ever get anything from him defensively.

  • PaeperCup

    Sigh…is what it is. Took a chance and missed on that one.

  • steelburg

    Like I said this one didn’t workout. So I understand people being pissed about it. I still like the trade though. The cap hit will suck but I thought it was a good risk/reward type of move.

  • steelburg

    I don’t think so. The Boykin move actually worked out on the field, once they started playing him. We didn’t get our return on the pick like we thought we would but on the field the move was a success. So I would say we are 1-1.

  • SteelersDepot

    probably not, but we can hope for the next 24 hours

  • CP72

    Yeah let’s not talk about how Kevin Colbert has built another Super Bowl contender after the last one he built got old.

    He’s blown 2 6th round draft choices….how will we ever recover.

  • 20Stoney

    Reading your comment, I just flashed back to Josh Scobee.

  • george

    Swing and miss. A bigger whiff than Boykin at least he played a little and it didn’t cost us 1.2 million bucks!

  • WreckIess

    Oh well. Knew it was a (low) risk when they traded for him and that is was a long shot that he’d actually pan out. Great physical talent, but if they can’t get it then they just can’t get it. No big deal. I’m sure the team will be fine without him. I’m sure there’s gonna be more to the story soon.

  • unfurious

    I can’t believe that Cleveland won that deal. Just the salary, let alone the pick.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    This is now 3 wasted picks (scobee,boykin, gilbert) in the last 2 years that we’ve got nothing out of.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    They played him?

  • Kevin Artis

    I agree. You need more bites at the apple when so many draft picks do not live up to expectations.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    why didnt we sign eric rowe again?

  • PaeperCup

    They can’t always lose

  • RickM

    Josh Scobee makes it 1-2. I can see the initial defense of the trade, but hoping they do more of these is strange.

  • RickM

    Yes he had been beaten out of his job as well. I don’t think he had the same salary ramifications the next year. This was a real fleece job.

  • steelburg

    When he finally got on the field Boykin played well and helped us get to the 2nd round of the playoffs. He also played well in that game against the Broncos. So I’m not sure you can say that didn’t workout. It was a bad look on our part by leaving him on the bench but he did play well for us unlike both Scobee and Gilbert.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    If we’re going to keep taking risks like this, why not just save the draft picks and sign a big name FA? You know, one that we know will actually have an impact? Just one, please.

  • Joey

    Because he needed to win a super bowl

  • Nathanael Dory

    he posted it after the Steelers waived Gilbert?

  • Jamaal Hood

    Yes in resleonse to Aditi reporting the Steelers releasing him.

  • Ni mo

    And they still got cockrell and let Gilbert go ? This coaching staff is backwards

  • CP72

    You’re correct. I forgot about the 7th rounder he wasted…..what a travesty.

  • LucasY59

    Pats traded a condtional 3rd/4th rdr for him (and since the Steelers dont let the CBs they trade for on the field it wouldve been a even bigger waste)

  • Spencer Krick

    It’s a bummer we’re down a 6th, but I still think it was worth it to take a chance on first round talent.

  • LucasY59

    he knew what the Steelers FO couldnt figure out (and what the clowns already had)

  • Spencer Krick

    At least we didn’t use a 1st like they did 😉

  • LucasY59

    they just had to eat 3 mil during that season that wouldve carried over

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Every pick is valuable! I’m not saying it’s a lot, but it could have been. In the end we lost 3 picks and got nothing. That’s a travesty

  • PaeperCup

    Scobee was a panic signing. We need a kicker FAST, remember that we lost Hartley to injury after he was supposed to replace the injured Sushi.

    In the end without Scobee, we possibly would never have found Boz.

  • RickM

    If he had been placed on waivers by Cleveland, would any team that picked him up still have still been responsible for his 2017 salary? I should know but don’t. If so, no one would have been interested and we probably could have gotten him without any draft pick.

  • LucasY59

    still pretty much a waste of a 4th and two 6th rd picks, plus the extra salary cap cost, I am usually one of the first to defend the FO, but after this I dont know if I can anymore

  • steelburg

    I don’t really count the Scobee move only because we traded our punter and got the 6th round pick back. I kind of see it as two moves cancelling each other out. But we could have very easily ended up with Van Noy, and Rowe who are now both super bowl champs. These types of moves give you opportunities to stumble on those types of guys. In the future I would like for them to have a little more history with the player kind of like they did with Cockrell where they had previously had him in for a vist the year he was drafted.

  • RickM

    Some working out is better than what we got from Gilbert and Scobee…any day of the week.

  • PaeperCup

    See, this is something we can’t forget. There was a time that Gilbert was considered a can’t miss first round talent. Kind of like DHB who never lived up to that 1st round pick, but we somehow found great value in him. Didn’t work out the same with Gilbert.

  • PaeperCup

    I didn’t even know that Van Noy was on the trading block.

    I swear teams are letting the Pats win, they are just giving away players and picks to them. Stop feeding the beast!

  • steelburg

    He was instrumental in the success of the secondary once he was inserted into the line up. So yes Boykin did eventually play and he played well.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    You win some you lose some. He’ll catch on somewhere. Time to build a stable of DBS!

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    log off

  • CP72

    So you liked trade initially?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’m glad it’s a pick nxt year than a pick this year.

  • LucasY59

    yes waivers would have been the process, and his salary would still be on his expensive rookie contract, can only hope someone claims him by tomorrow, so that the Steelers dont eat his salary for next season (doubt anyone else will be dumb enough to claim him now)

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Definitely!

  • LucasY59

    I thought the Steelers needed help at CB and the early rd (supposed to be) talent was worth a shot at trying to get that help, but since these players dont make it off the bench it makes the trades even worse

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    So a player playing well for a few games is worth a 4th round pick? Got it.

  • steelburg

    The Patriots got Van Noy for a 2017 6th round pick. They got Eric Rowe for a 2018 4th round pick that can become a 3rd rounder if certain conditions are met.

  • John A Stewart

    Didn’t they said we couldn’t play man coverage against the Pats because of Gay and you let this guy walk. We are too too too too loyal to our vets and there for we suffer because of their play.

  • PaeperCup

    That’s crazy….who is making these deals with the Patrtiots? Why don’t these deals fall anywhere else?

  • RickM

    We saw this year that FG kickers are always available (Bullock). GM’s panicking is never what you want. People can defend the Gilbert trade forever. It looked bad when it was made and it looks worse now. By the same token they made a good decision on a guy like Cockrell. Sometimes bad decisions are just bad decisions.

  • WreckIess

    Your blood is boiling because we lost a pick in 2018? You had to understand the risk before now right?

  • LucasY59

    now we wish Gilbert was as good as DHB (…at least on STs)

  • LucasY59

    it was a 6th

  • steelburg

    They gave up a 5th round pick not a 4th. And no its not worth a pick. But they would have easily got there return on him had he played for the Panthers, and our own team and DB Coach not leaked the fact the he had a leg injury.

  • WreckIess

    Definitely. We’re still preparing for the 2017 draft. A lost late rounder next year should be the least of our worries.

  • PaeperCup

    Wayne Gretzky said You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The Steelers thought they could make something out of Gilbert, they were mistaken unfortunately. But we’ve hit on other pickups. Not the first bad move, won’t be the last. In the end, I do not believe this affects our chances to contend for a title.

  • CP72

    Two of the last four Patriot 1st rounders aren’t on the roster anymore. One was waived outright and the other they managed to get a 2nd rounder for him.

    If Colbert did that we’d call for his head. Mistakes happen and good GM’s recognize it and move on.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    That doesn’t justify him sitting over half the season. I would’ve preferred to see him go out there and stink it up over sitting on the bench the whole year and wondering what could’ve been. If you trade for him, play him and show everyone why you traded for him. If not then it’s just dumb.

  • steelburg

    If you think about it the Patriots have been the only team making these kind of deals until recently. Our team over the last 2 years both with Boykin and Gilbert have started to explore these type of trades. Like I said I like the idea but they just need to do more homework on these deals.

  • JohnnyFootball

    Joe Thomas just tweeted this in reference to Gilbert – “If you don’t like football, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, your star will burn out quick”.

  • WreckIess

    Well yeah. He was on the same team as Gilbert. Of course he would know more about him than guys who weren’t.

  • unfurious

    I have big respect for DHB. He started his career the butt of an Al Davis joke. I have no doubt that he had to swallow alot of ego and WANT football to stay in the game. Furthermore, I’ve never heard anything to indicate that this was not well within his character. He is team first and die hard.

  • RickM

    But, why is he still referred to as “first-round talent” when he had laid down bad tape for two years. He clearly didn’t have anywhere near the talent projected for him. That’s like saying Jarvis Jones has first round talent and should do well in free agency.

  • unfurious

    I had no idea. lol

  • steelburg

    No arguments there. But like I said the trade in itself IMO is a really good idea to bring that type of talent in. We’re they are dropping the ball is the coaching staff not giving these guys a legitimate opportunity IMO.

  • unfurious

    Wow..that says it all.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yes, I just don’t like that it’s turning into a trend.

  • Spencer Krick

    Because he was with the Browns and there were a lot of unknowns. Were they playing to his strengths? Was he being coached properly? Was the locker room culture in Cleveland a terrible influence? etc.

    He was a lottery ticket, just like EVERY 6th round draft pick.

  • LucasY59

    the FO needs to look into things a little bit more (ask the ? of why a team is so willing to get rid of a player) looking at some of the stuff surrounding Gilbert’s time with the browns, makes it less than surprising that he failed with the Steelers as well

  • Brian Miller

    Yes, that is why it was so head scratching that it took so long for him to see the field. His issues were only injury related it seems like.

  • Jason Vancil

    Not surprised. It was a longshot.

  • unfurious

    I agree, and while I’m shocked at the results, I wouldn’t call it a mistake or bad GMing. No GM is a profit. You play odds. A 6th round pick 2yrs down the road for a recent top 10 draft pick who can’t/doesn’t want to play football in Cleveland but is a physical freak among freaks. Sign me up for the yearly subscription.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Steelers 6th & 7th round draft picks since 2007:

    2007: 7th; Dallas Baker WR
    2008: 6th; Ryan Mundy DB, Mike Humpal LB
    2009: 6th; Sunny Harris DT 7th; AQ Shipley C, David Johnson TE
    2010: 6th Jonathan Dwyer RB, Antonio Brown WR 7th; Doug Worthington DT
    2011: 6th Keith Williams OL 7th; Baron Batch RB
    2012: 7th; Toney Clemons WR, Davis Paulson TE, Terrence Frederick DB, Kelvin Beachum OL
    2013: 6th; Justin Brown WR, Vince Williams LB 7th Nick Williams DL
    2014: 6th Jordan Zumwalt LB, Dan McCullers DL 7th; Rob Blanchflower TE
    2015: 6th; LT Walton DL, Anthony Chickillo LB 7th; Gerod Holliman DB
    2016: 6th; Travis Feeney LB 7th; Demarcus Ayers WR, Tyler Matakevich LB

    The Steelers have picked 27 players in the 6th or 7th round since 2007. Eight were on this years roster. A ninth (Beachum) was on last years roster. That’s at least a 1/.3 success rate aand not even looking at players who made it to different team’s rosters. Front office has done pretty good in the late rounds in my opinion.

  • steelburg

    I agree, and I have no proof or evidents about what I’m about to say I’m just speaking off the cuff. But I feel like it might be a situation where the coaches don’t approve of the trades that the GM is making. The coaches can’t control the trades but they do control who sees the field or not. Like I said I don’t have any proof that’s just what it looks like to me.

  • Spencer Krick

    Nice homework! Would be nice to see this vs. other team’s late round success rates.

  • Dshoff

    That’s a very interesting hypothesis. I never thought about that, but it could make sense.

  • Dshoff

    And that’s what makes me mad. A guaranteed contract and they cut him? What’s going on here?

  • Sam Clonch

    Nice. I agree I “think” they do a good job (like Spencer says, who knows without comparing to other teams) in later rounds, but odds are still twice as likely the pick would be a throw away anyways. I’m fine with them risking it on a guy with elite skills, with hopes a change of scenery would bring him around.

  • Dshoff

    We would have if he was there when we picked.

  • Sam Clonch

    Ed Bouchette tweeting that the Steelers aren’t going to be on the hook for any dead salary money. Maybe a stipulation of the trade is Browns were still on the hook if he didn’t stick for the ’17 season? Might be why they cut him so suddenly?

  • LucasY59

    hope so

  • Nolrog

    What an idiotic move. They wasted a draft pick.

  • RickM

    Not really. The 6th round player does not come with really bad NFL game tape, assorted disciplinary fines and a guaranteed 2017 salary whether he is on the team or not. They are not even close to being the same. I didn’t like the trade from the start, but I don’t begrudge them any decisions they make. We just view it differently whether – knowing his NFL resume – the risk was worth the cost.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Well now they will be feeling the low risk portion of that trade. Fully guaranteed salary AND singing bonus SMH. I can think of a lot better ways to spend 2.1Mil other than flushing it.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Well next season means Cockrell ‘s the starter again ugh!

  • RyanW

    Agreed. I’m fine with it. Gilbert had as much chance of your avg 6th round pick working out. Yes we could have potentially gotten another Brown but the odds are slim. I’m fine with the risk.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    We didn’t have a kicker. And unfortunately he got injured. Nothing you can do about that.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Chickillo and McCullers are fringe starters. Beachum and AB are total anomalies when it comes to the 6th round. Everyone makes the “we got AB in the 6th” argument but you don’t find a future HOF in the 6th round very often. It’s being viewed in a vacuum here.

    Bigger picture, the signing of Gilbert and subsequent release has very little effect on the Steeler’s situation. Yes, I don’t want to lose draft picks but you have to think with compensatory picks we get it back. I give the FO props for going out on a limb for Gilbert and then acting quickly to cut him.

  • King Black

    I feel like gilbert got the short end of this deal overall. One hand he got off the browns on the other he got put on a teams that seems to be afraid of progress in the DB department. Maybe he could have found at least a liking for the game if he actually got more pt and had some success.

  • Paddy

    What took them so long? Thank goodness he doesn’t cost them anything more. The draft pick in 2018 was too much

  • Steel B

    Another brilliant move by KC bringing him in in the first place. smh

  • Rotten Sircus

    Wow, didn’t see this one coming. I’m now assuming that Senquez Golson is healthy and able to contribute ? ;^/

  • francesco

    I am amazed how clueless these decisions are being made.

  • Spencer Krick

    But we didn’t ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Matt

    Cockrell can play and has made plays. Gilbert has generally been a disaster when on the field. He had one good “game” for the Steelers where he played relatively sparingly. The rest of his tape (all or almost all of which is with the Browns) is god-awful.

    I’m not saying Cockrell is a hall of famer. His ceiling is probably average to slightly above average NFL corner. But if you were to compare tape of Cockrell highlights and Gilbert highlights, the former will have a good bit more material than the latter.

  • francesco

    Cockrell was worst than Boykin. And Gilbert was treated as another Boykin.
    This organization has no clue as to what constitutes a good DB. For goodness sake pay whatever you have to in getting Butler from NE in FA.

  • francesco

    You said it. I shake my head in disbelief.

  • He might get another shot, but I don’t think he’ll ever “catch on”, I know what you meant though

  • Cockrell is solid and he’s still young. Gilbert sucks. Front office took a risk and it didn’t pay off. It happens

  • Big DHB fan. He’s been humbled and fought through adversity to be where he is. He obviously wants to been in this league.

  • Me too. Risk I would have taken without hesitation.

  • I would tend to think the Steelers are a better organization than that. That sounds like something that would happen in Cinci or Cleveland

  • beachum was a 7th rounder wasn’t he? Not that it changes your argument.

  • Because he’s better at man to man coverage and we don’t run that

  • NinjaMountie

    Until 3 days into camp.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think some were expecting too much from Gilbert. He was a flop in Cleveland and he couldn’t get on the field here. Sometimes you just have to believe that the coaches have greater insight as to his potential with the team.

  • will

    Not to mention JJ

  • will

    LOL. Agree

  • John Pennington

    Who ever is vetting scouting these players needs to be fired.Having to giveup a draft pick next year and pay this guy is a waste of a draft pick and money. Cant continue to keep going down this path. Need all the draft picks we can get to help rebuild this team just cant wish a player to be good.

  • steelmann58

    well it was worth a shot time to move on the guy had skills but obvious lacked the heart for the game .

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah I guess I meant latch on somewhere else.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Tired of wasting draft picks on projects that never see the field

  • Robert E Lil

    I actually applaud the Steelers for this move. Far too often players on this team and others are strung along not based on their work but rather their draft position (see Jarvis Jones).

  • Greg

    If the money is owed either way, why not carry him to camp and let him compete? Am I missing something?

  • Bill

    Really, you don’t find hall-of-famers in the 6th round? How about Tom Brady?

  • J.

    Wonder who will go after this “throw away” pick that would have made a differnce for the Steelers. Last year Tyreek Hill went one pick later for the draft pick we traded to get Boykin. If only we had had the pick and used it on Hill. As amazing as he was for KC think about how much more he could do in an offense where the D has to worry about Brown and Bell. They need to stop trading picks for other teams scrubs, Dont give me any of that high reward low risk BS either because the same mantra applies to the draft pick as well.

  • J.

    One of those on other teams would be AQ shipley who started 16 games for the Cardinals

  • J.

    No its more of a he sucks thing.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Lmao, Hope your wrong !!!

  • Jason Vancil

    Whatever.

  • HiVul

    I never was a fan of the Gilbert trade, Scobee I’m not sure anyone could have predicted. But even in Gilbert’s case I don’t think it’s fair to say that we made the trade for nothing.

    I’m thinking about what they knew at the time, not what they know now. He was a 1st round athlete at a position that looked like our biggest need. He had issues, they took a bet and lost but it’s not impossible that a change of scenery and a new coaching staff could have gotten production out of him. He had only ever played for Cleveland too.

    Are those odds worse than getting production from a 6th rounder? I’d have kept it because we’ve done so well in the late rounds, but I don’t think the odds are much better.

  • RickM

    That’s the biggest error. Looking at him still as a first round pick. He gave that up when he showed little effort in his first year in Cleveland and laid down some terrible tape. And he gave it up even more with his repeated disciplinary fines. He, like Jarvis Jones, was a first-round pick in the history books only. I get what you say about the change in scenery and if he had been picked up on waivers fine. A trade however was just poorly thought out and living in the past.

    They made a smart move on the other hand picking up Cockrell. They liked him before the draft and he had no problems in Buffalo. He just couldn’t crack their line-up. They wisely picked him up on waivers. But Gilbert was far different. The red flags were literally glowing and they ignored them and sacrificed a late draft pick.

  • MC

    He’s done, only a team like the pats could potentially turn him into something decent.

  • Jim Foles

    We will never beat brady.

  • Donte Williams

    we didnt lose anything except a 6th rounder for Gilbert we are not on the hook for his dead money per the report on another post. and it was a 6th rounder fans need to stop and think about it 6th rounder in 2018 draft not 2017 draft please stop with the what ifs. if Gilbert was that much of a dog he would not have gotten cut. maybe the Steelers cut him cause they couldn’t negotiate his contract as he was still on his rookie year maybe they told him we are going to waive you now and if you clear waivers we’ll bring back on a lesser salary until you prove to use why you should be paid like a top 10 pick Im just presuming this is the route they took. now if he just flat out stunk and was late to practice or meetings then bye bye bye

  • Donte Williams

    and boykin was just on the Bengals bench doing squat stop it. a 6th round is a good pick to do with out. i would understand the wasted pick if it as a 2nd-5th but a 6th? sha’mon one of the long fans posted out 6th-7th round picks since 2007 above in the chat look at them names and you tell me who is or was a dog not named AB or Kelvin

  • Donte Williams

    his money is not guaranteed with us please read above we are not on the hook for his dead-money. and after i read that i was thinking maybe this was a money move for the Steelers. cut him hope he passes waivers and if he does they bring him back for a hell’va lot less than 2. whatever million. maybe they told gilbert that cause i dont think the steelers can negotiate his contract as it was still his rookie contract. the FO knows what they are doing you dont build contenders out the blue

  • Donte Williams

    are you serious francesco? Boykin better than Crockrell? Crock may not of had his best season this year but he is still young and can improve. where is boykin at seeing he is better than Crockrell?

  • Donte Williams

    need to read ed bouchettes column we dont owe him anything we are not on the hook for any of his money so obviously the FO knows something more than us reason they are in the FO.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Yeah, my comment was made before I knew about Ed’s article. Still he’s been wrong before. We’ll see soon enough I suppose.

  • budabar

    Maybe we should start looking at legit free agents who could actually help this team and stop trading for reclamation projects what a difference a proven pass rusher and vet cover corner would make on this team

  • Jeff Dudash

    I don’t think Jones and Gilbert are equivalent. Jones’ measurables stunk: his 40 stunk; his bench stunk; his size wasn’t great. Once he struggled for the Steelers, the only silver lining you could find for the guy was his performance at Georgia. Conversely, Gilbert’s measureables were amazing: his 40 was terrific; his bench for a CB was top of the line; he’s big for a corner. It wasn’t crazy to look at his struggles in Cleveland and still see the athletic potential, which was never there for Jarvis.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Tom brady was a 6th round pick…

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yes

  • Randy

    You kidding. It will keep happening.

  • Rusted Out

    In that case you should applaud this move and condemn the move to get Gilbert in the first place.

  • Randy

    As long as we run the same old scheme for the next 10 years. Oh wait a minute Brady will be gone and we will have our good old scheme in use

  • Steve Johnson

    SMH on this one. Who is doing the evaluating? I bet Tomlin & Colbert are counting on Golson being ready for 2017. A player that hasn’t played football in two years, undersized and definitely not durable.

  • Rusted Out

    Josh Norman was available. Que the homers that regurgitate the company line that they couldn’t afford him.

  • Good move.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Exactly my point. Brady is an anomaly in the 6th round. Few and far between my friend.

  • LucasY59

    I am thinking there is something to do with not have to pay him if they released him now, otherwise I agree no benefit to dropping him unless he did something to make the team angry, Bouchette says there is no cap hit for the coming season, but hopefully there is some clarification/explanation from the team soon (even if it just to clear his cap hit) I think there should be some extra info

  • IchabodTheGloryHasDeparted

    high reward?? how so please?

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    You are taking “high reward” out of context here. No, Gilbert did not pan out and thus wasn’t an actual “high reward”. You are divorcing this from the expression “low risk, high reward” now.

    I say this, because he was the 8th overall pick in the 2014 draft. 3 years removed from his exceptional career at OK State. When do the Steelers ever get to draft someone at 8th overall? He clearly demonstrated immense talent as a prospect to be drafted that high by any team – regardless of the fact that is was the lowly Browns.

    He is also “low risk”, because there are very few financial ramifications for his release.

  • IchabodTheGloryHasDeparted

    gotcha
    I would love a couple of these trades to pan out

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Yeah, the FO isn’t really known for making the big sexy trades and I wouldn’t expect much that is going to be a “visible” example of panning out. By trend, we’ve typically traded low-value draft picks to fill an immediate need for depth (a la Gilbert, Scobee, Boykin).

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    I said 6th or later, but yes, Beachum was a 7th.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    These are all within the last few years. I purposefully didn’t go any further back because, by then, I had proven my point.