A day after signing two members of the offensive line, the Steelers have now traded one.
Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the team traded long-time right tackle Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals for a 6th round pick.
The former second round pick in 2011 was a solid starter but had trouble getting on the field the last couple of years, playing in only 12 games. Gilbert was injured last season and didn’t get on the field after the bye week.
The 31-year old was entering the final year of his contract and was expendable after the emergence of Matt Feiler (9 starts last season) and younger players like Chuks Okorafor (2018 3rd round pick) and Jerald Hawkins (2016 4th round pick).
The Steelers will save $4.9 million in cap room in 2019 with this move.
The team has been able to extend the contracts of Maurkice Pouncey (3-years/$29 million), Ramon Foster (2-years/$8.25 million) and BJ Finney ($3 million) prior to the trade of Gilbert.