Small update on the man who will probably be the answer to a trivia question someday in Pittsburgh. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Justin Gilbert has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
CB Justin Gilbert, former first round pick, cleared waivers. Now is a free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2017
Gilbert clearing is certainly no surprise. Any team claiming him would’ve picked up his roster bonus owed to him in the offseason and overall $2.2 million cap hit. With the Pittsburgh Steelers dumping him, implying they don’t think he can be successful in the league, it’s a clear sign for everyone else to stay away for now, and whenever he does sign, probably for league minimum.
As we pointed out yesterday, Joe Thomas said Gilbert didn’t love football enough to succeed in the league and take the steps needed in order to be a professional.
It leaves the Steelers’ depth at cornerback thin, also something we wrote in the morning, and the Gilbert trade a failed one.
Gilbert figures to be a free agent for much of the offseason and may not latch on until well after the initial free agent frenzy in March settles down.