All they did was send a 2018 sixth-round pick for him.
According to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released cornerback Justin Gilbert.
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Gilbert played 12 games for the Steelers last season, but he never cracked the secondary rotation other than 11 defensive snaps early in the season. According to Over the Cap, his departure doesn't carry any salary-cap savings, and his full $2.17 million salary becomes dead money. During his National Football League tenure, he has recorded a total of 42 tackles alongside one interception, one touchdown and nine pass defenses. While in Pittsburgh, Gilbert saw most of his action on kick returns, and nothing more.
In Pittsburgh, Gilbert said he had conquered his punctuality issues after admittedly sleeping through meetings while in Cleveland. This was not the productivity that the Steelers wanted from the third year player and as such, released him from the team today, February 6th. 2015 was a slow year for Gilbert as he only made nine appearances and only registered 10 tackles in that time period. Gilbert, a cornerback and kickoff returner, appeared in 12 regular-season and two playoff games with the Steelers without making a start. At least they did not give up a high draft pick and can now look to the 2017 draft to find a better replacement for Gilbert.