Cardinals Trade For Right Tackle Marcus Gilbert – AZCardinals.com

Cardinals Trade For Right Tackle Marcus Gilbert - AZCardinals.com
Gilbert traded to Cardinals
Photo by Keith Srakocic/AP Marcus Gilbert, who has blocked for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for years, was added via trade on Wednesday The Cardinals trade for Marcus Gilbert became official on Wednesday. The team dealt their compensatory sixth-round pick to the Steelers in exchange for a player who is projected to slot in as the starting right tackle.

Gilbert, who turned 31 last month, was a second-round pick of the Steelers in 2011 and has started since his rookie year. Gilbert is a naturally talented player, but one that comes with risk.

He has played only 12 games the past two seasons, including five in 2018 due to a knee injury. He was also suspended four games in 2017 for violating the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Gilbert has one year left on his contract with a salary of approximately $4.9 million, which could be a bargain if he stays healthy. Gilbert played for current Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler during his first two years in Pittsburgh, where Kugler was the offensive line coach.

The Cardinals had issues at right tackle a year ago. Andre Smith was signed in free agency, but he was released in late November after struggling for much of the year. John Wetzel, Joe Barksdale and Will Holden also started there, with varying degrees of success.

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The Steelers traded tackle Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 207th overall pick.

The Arizona Cardinals entered the new league year with 11 selections in the 2019 NFL draft. They had six original picks, Tampa Bay’s sixth-round pick and four compensatory selections they were awarded.

The trade gives the Steelers a total of 10 picks in the draft, including three in the top 66 and four in the top 83.

They now have 10 total picks following a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire veteran right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Gilbert was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games his rookie season, starting 13, and earned the Joe Greene Great Performance Award for the teams top rookie.

They have 10 overall picks and half of them are in the final two rounds. They still start and end the draft.

Gilbert played in only five games in 2018, missing the rest of the season with a knee injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve. In 2017 he played in eight games, starting all eight, but missed time throughout the season because of a suspension and with a hamstring injury. Gilbert played in a total of 88 games with the Steelers, starting 87 of them.

First Round – 20th pick overall Second Round – 52nd pick overall Third Round – 66th pick overall – from Oakland Raiders (Antonio Brown trade) Third Round – 83rd pick overall Fourth Round – 122nd pick overall Fifth Round – 141st pick overall – from Oakland Raiders (Antonio Brown trade) Sixth Round – 175th pick overall – from Oakland Raiders (Ryan Switzer trade) Sixth Round – 192nd pick overall Sixth Round – 207th pick overall – from Arizona Cardinals (Marcus Gilbert trade) Seventh Round – 219th pick overall – from Tampa Bay (J.J. Wilcox trade)


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