Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert retires

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (76) blocks during training camp at State Farm Stadium July 31, 2019. Cardinals Training Camp

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert officially announced his retirement Monday.

“I will forever remain grateful for the memories, experiences, friendships and successes football has provided me,” he wrote in a message on social media. “I am thankful for the coaches, doctors, trainers and staff that have helped me along the way.”

A second-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, Gilbert went on to start 87 games at right tackle for the Steelers over eight seasons. Hamstring and knee injuries limited him to just 12 appearances over his final two years in Pittsburgh in 2017 and 2018.

Gilbert, 33, never actually suited up for the Cardinals. After Pittsburgh traded him to Arizona in 2019, he suffered a knee injury during practice days before the season opener and ended up on injured reserve. Then, he opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although my tenure with the Arizona Cardinals was short, I cherished my time in the Grand Canyon State,” Gilbert wrote. “I wish Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals the best of luck this season.”

–Field Level Media